“Life is not made up of minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years, but of moments. You must experience each one before you can appreciate it.” ~Sarah Ban Breathnach
When we take time to appreciate our life we take time to accept our life as it is. It may not be perfect, it may not be what we “thought” it would be, but it is a precious human life. Are we treating it that way? What does a living a “precious life” actually mean?
To appreciate our precious life, we must find appreciation for the present moment. The thing is we “think” we need more. It never feels like it’s enough. We think we need to be in a different place in our life to begin appreciating our life. We think somehow we have to be granted the “I am enough” status to appreciate what is in front of us.
It’s never enough, until we are enough–but when will we allow ourselves to be enough?
Rather than taking time to pause–to truly feel being alive in our body–we begin to chase after life. There are days when I look at my life and realize that I have spent more time in chasing mode than in being present with my life, because it felt easier to escape rather than accept what was in front of me.
As a society we’re trained to think big, to think about what is coming up next. But if we’re only chasing for the next big thing in our life when are we actually living? Why aren’t we appreciating what we already have? When does it all become enough? Does it ever?
Our life is precious, because in a blink of an eye everything can change. We can’t escape impermanence. We all live life with the same rules and we can also be guided by the same wisdom. If instead of chasing for the next big thing in our life we appreciated our live right now, in this very moment, how differently would we live our lives?
The chase eventually burns us out. We don’t have the energy to only run our whole life. We also have to sit with our life. So, what is left? Appreciation and gratitude for life as it is.
Instead of allowing perfection (i.e. the idea that the chase will bring you your perfect life if you chase after it hard enough) to drive your life, you allow appreciation to take the drivers seat.
It is by accepting the impermanence of life, in particular death, that has brought me closer to life. It has helped me to be present for every breath I take, every apple I bit into, every human being I hug. I no longer take my life for granted, because in it instant it can, and it has, change over night.
It’s all part of the natural cycle of life. The more we resist it the more we suffer. When we can sit with our feelings in this moment we realize that all the answers we have been searching for come from within.
Embracing love and compassion are the building blocks for happiness. Appreciation brings us closer to embracing these qualities of life.
We can’t run away from change. If we don’t want to suffer through the natural cycle of change, we can only find a way to embrace it. To welcome it in our life with open arms, like a good friend. Impermanence and change are not the enemy–rather they are the key to truly appreciating our precious human life.
Are you ready to live your precious human life? If not today, when? Let go of the chase and embrace your precious life in this moment.