Why do we fill every moment of everyday with something to do? How do we stop living like our life is an emergency, always rushing to the next activity? What are we missing out on? We can fill each moment of our lives with an activity or something that we must do. Whether it is work, chores, grocery shopping, time with friends and family, social media, TV, and the list can continue. Sometimes life can seem like a job, a chore that we must do every single day. However, life is a beautiful and wild thing that gives us gifts every single day.
We can fill our time with things that are important to do and would fulfill our life, such as playing with our child, spending quality and happy time with our significant other, spending time with friends and family. However we spend our time with things we should be doing, such as laundry, work, grocery shopping, fill in the blank with the activity. We never get to the things that are important to us and would fulfill or bring richness to our lives.
Social media, TV, and the Internet can be a time suck. I am guilty of spending way too much time on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and mindlessly looking at things on my phone. Then I look back on that time and it was just that, mindless. It did not contribute much to my day. I think about the things I could have been doing. Like playing with my daughter, taking a walk, talking and spending time with my husband, enjoying the day and I missed out on that time. As a culture, we are always filling our day with something that might not always be constructive to our lives. What would it look like to be idle and enjoy the quiet?
What would it look like to set aside 15 to 20 minutes of your day to breathe, relax, and enjoy the beauty in your life? It might be reading a good book, going for a walk, playing with your children or significant other, engaging in an activity that truly makes you happy. Enjoying the moments of your life instead of rushing through life. We have one life to live. Let's live it to the very fullest!
Alicia Pharis, MA, MFTI
Alicia is a therapist at The Place Within Counseling Center in Folsom. She is also a regular writer and contributor for The Orangevale View Newspaper.
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