During the day I work at an intermediate school teaching a life skills programme. Yesterday was a bit of a change on the schedule as we had athletics. I felt lucky to be put onto the 100m time keeping. I love watching running races – that direct competition between the runners trying to cross the finishing line first.
The kids did well, most of them pushing themselves hard to get a certain time so that they could earn points for their team. As I was standing there holding the stop watch and seeing the effort being put into each race by all of the kids, I also saw a lot of excitement, joy, pride, frustration, and maybe even disappointment or relief at times. Telling each of the kids their time brought out a wide mix of emotions. It was the seconds – sometimes even milliseconds – that would determine the kids’ reaction. Each was meaningful and could make a huge difference in whether a target was achieved or not.
In the context of a 24 hour day, those 12, 13 or more seconds seem very little; maybe even meaningless. Yet, in the event of the 100m sprint, they were the most significant moments on that particular day.
It got me thinking: do we need an event like that to appreciate each moment in such a way; to acknowledge each moment we have, to be aware of it and embrace it with such attention?
If we bring our attention to those little moments every day and pull our heads out of the future worries or past regrets, we allow ourselves to be in the Here and Now. We then start to appreciate what is happening right now and the opportunities we are given each and every single day to be ourselves. I talk more about that and how to take charge of your time in my e-book “Your Sweet Life Toolbox”.
There is so much power in being present, so much freedom when letting go of what happened or might happen. Simply focusing on the seconds as they tick along just like the kids did. All of a sudden those tiny snippets of time were celebrated, competed for.
If you find yourself rushing, maybe even sprinting through your day, try to make every second of it count. Every challenge you might face, the feeling of success or failure that comes with it, take it in. Every step you take, every decision you make, they count. Rather than letting your time zoom by, try to zoom into your moments and be grateful for them all.