Each new day provides us with a fresh opportunity to use it, or lose it. There are no “mulligans” in real life; there isn't a time machine that will take you back for another try. Tomorrow may offer another chance, perhaps, but there's no assurance of that. Today and in this very moment is the only place we can take action.
Leading a life of purpose doesn't happen by accident; it happens through a series of conscious decisions and corresponding actions taken over time. My dear friend John Spence captured it this way, by citing a passage from a book he recently read: “Decisions Determine Destiny.” It all comes down to the choices we make. So, what choices will enable us to “Enjoy the Journey!” as I've consistently encouraged through my regular cultivation(s) articles?
To Maximize the Moment is to appreciate the joyful little things each day offers as we go about our business of living life and includes such traits as: truly “being there” in the moment for others; listening; smiling; observing; studying; laughing; focusing intently on the task at hand; exploring; doing worthwhile work and then pausing briefly to appreciate it; “remembering your why”; showing kindness to animals; and spending quality time with family, friends and others who make you better. These are the collective moments that define a successful day. Over time, they paint the canvas of a life well-lived.
If you genuinely want to enjoy the journey, Maximize the Moment!