The Art of Treasuring Life

We live such frantic lives, we can end up moving from one thing to the next without really concentrating on anything in particular. We can hit the fast-forward button on life and not stop until the end. Which isn’t much of a life at all?

I watched Eat, Pray, and Love last week. I had a lazy, cozy, night-time to myself to indulge in this little chick flick. While the book was much better than the movie (aren’t they always), I was in one of those moods that I couldn’t help but enjoy living vicariously through a woman who traveled to Italy, India and Bali over the course of a year. This post isn’t meant to be a review of the movie and I don’t think my life will change if i watch it or not, but one sentence in the movie spoke to me.

Dolce Far Niente

There is a scene in a barber shop in Italy when the characters are not doing much of anything and Liz feels a little guilty because all she has done for three weeks is “learn a few Italian words and eat.” Her European, mostly Italian friends explain the lovely concept of Dolce Far Niente – the sweetness of doing nothing.

And one more Quote I admire is,

People are so afraid of being alone, they settle for living with someone in misery. people are afraid of ruin, but ruin can be the road to transformation……..and in life, there are endless waves of transformation.

Finally I Took time today to notice the things that am overlooking.

As I’ve gotten older and the reality of life’s fleeting nature has smacked me hard in the face, I’ve begun to see each day, each moment as a golden opportunity for enjoyment, happiness, and love. Oh how I wish I had felt this way few years earlier.

This awareness has provoked a lot of soul searching for me. (Some might call it a mid-life crisis!) I have thought, read and studied a lot about what comprises a happy life and there are key to enjoying life to the fullest.

Finding balance in my life by letting some things go. I can’t do or be everything. Going to Pick a few things, and enjoy them fully. Identify where am are stressed, and deal with it.Think less. Be more. Act more.

Negative thoughts create negative feelings. Actively seek to stop negative thinking, and just be in the moment. If negative thoughts and feelings are getting unpleasant, do something distracting. Pick one of the favorite activities and savor it.

It doesn’t takes thought, planning, and a dose of wisdom to create a happy life — a life that i can savor. All I need was Experience and favorite activity list.The favorite activity list will great Experience.Experience will teaches the lessons, wisdom will help to embrace them.

One is that I love the me that is me. The second is that it is a great thing after all this time, to still feel that I have my whole life ahead of me and all that I want to accomplish and experience is still possible….like my life is still on the ascent.

It’s time to slow down and start savoring the moment.

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