Thoughts from DC

Thoughts from DC

I wonder why it is that individuals are so “in the moment” when they are on vacation? I suppose it is because there are no routines, no daily responsibilities to attend to–other than our basic needs and bodily functions. We don’t HAVE to do anything when on vacation, other than enjoy ourselves–we do as we please.

Vacation is associated with “being present” and “being present” is what brings happiness to us. Not squandering precious time on yesterday, not foolishly wasting the now thinking about tomorrow. How can we program ourselves to think as if everyday of our lives is a vacation?Everyday we deserve to be joyful and (once again the theme of the evening) “in the moment”. We owe that to ourselves!

Mind you, I sit in a hotel room in Virginia, without a care in the world (at this very instant). I don’t have a 9 to 5 job I HAVE to be at on Monday, and can go wherever I please. That is exciting and scary at the same time, because I think humans need to feel a sense of security to function well—for things to run smoothly.

I am carefree at this moment, but that was not the case several months back. I was frustrated at a job I ended abhorring. At a place that seemed to “fight for the underdog”; a place that catered to the ideal that they were “righteous and ethical”. Later to find out, with great disillusionment and disdain, it was all smoke and mirrors—such BS.

I am where I am at this moment because I made a decision back in March of 2010 to do only what truly fulfilled me. To focus my energies toward where I wanted to be and not complain about where I was without doing anything constructive to change that. How many of us sit and complain about a situation in our lives but are to scared to really do something proactive about it?

The way I see it, if you want to be a victim–enjoy that role, but do it quietly. Don’t complain or blame anyone for the situation that you are in. I learned that the hard way. But here is an even better notion–if you are unhappy take steps to make a change. What is making you unhappy? Be proactive! I’ve had this conversation with friends, and it’s true–in these times if you are unhappy at work you can’t just get up and leave, but you can focus your attention on what it is that you want, change your attitude toward the present moment that you are in (get on vacation mode) and start working towards what it is that would make you happy.

Every moment, every blink, every breath counts


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“Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change – this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress.”–Bruce Barton

Francesca Cruz
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