I wasn’t feeling especially negative over the weekend but the bad weather and the shorter days make me sad.
To turn things around I spent Sunday afternoon taking my dogs to the beach. It gave me a chance to witness pure joy. One of my dogs adores riding in the car. She sticks her head out the window, she leans into the corners and barks with excitement.
Seeing her unrestrained pleasure in the moment, delighting in everything – the wind blowing her ears, running in the sand, jumping in the wages.
The lesson I took from this was that joy was in the moment. Not thinking ahead, to what else I need to do, what might go wrong, what I need to add to my to do list.
There are lots of my work that I really enjoy, but I don’t give myself a chance. I’m too busy thinking about all the other things I need to do. If I want to get more pleasure from my day, I should stay in the moment. I should clear away any distractions.
When I do this I realise that what I do is interesting, often working on new things, the excitement of learning new things and working with talented people.
When I get a chance to do some interesting work, I’m going to savour it. I’m not going to be distracted. I’m going to enjoy the moment.