I have a question for you:
What if you were seeing everything — and everyone — for the first time today?
What if nothing was familiar and nothing was already labeled as “good” or “bad” or this or that — if nothing carried any “baggage”?
If that were the case, then what would you see? What would you feel or feel compelled to do?
This came to me as I was walking down the hallway in our house this morning. That’s about as boring and mundane as it gets in life, isn’t it? The hallway. Is the hallway ever a destination? No, when you’re in a hallway, you’re in all-out “point A to point B” mode, aren’t you?
But as I was walking down the hall today, something “clicked” in my mind and for a split second, I remembered walking down that hall on the first morning I woke up in our new house several years ago. On that morning, the hallway was amazing! Every step I took through the house was amazing… because we had just moved in from an old, cramped apartment, and I was grateful.
How easily we can go from being grateful to taking something for granted.
I’m thankful that I was able to experience that initial amazement in the hallway once again today, and I’m sharing this with you as a reminder and an encouragement:
Try to recapture some amazement in your life today.
Have certain people or things blended into the background of your daily routine? It happens to all of us. Today, though — or better yet, right now — make a point to look around and see who or what you can see for the first time, again.
As an inspirational keynote speaker, husband, father and business leader, he is very aware of how each moment matters for overall life satisfaction (even the “hallway” moments). Shawn would like to gift the Glad.is community with a free “This Moment Matters” Manifesto you can post in a spot where you will be reminded of the power held in a simple moment.
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