Being Present

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On a recent trip, I found myself poking around a cute shop… simply touching different items and noticing what was around me. How long has it been since I've simply enjoyed what was right in front of me… being present? AWHILE. Later that day we were driving down a beautiful road, and I began looking down at my phone. My husband said, “Ashlyn, look! You’re missing all of this scenery!”… and he was right. Every moment that I looked away from the present moment and got pulled into my email, I missed the views flying by.

Hardly ever do I enjoy what is right in front of me or fully experience what I am doing at any given moment. How much do I miss out on?! Even the negative emotions or moments are moments I can tolerate and learn from (I may have to stretch and really try to use my IMPROVE skill, but it's there).  I found this beautiful quote below that captures the lesson I learned while out of the office:

Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive.

- William Saroyan