May 12, 2011

Taking a Moment

I woke up this morning to find a really intense email waiting for me in my inbox. It was from a close friend who's going through a difficult time, bearing her soul, exposing her thoughts, looking for some guidance and reassurance. I admit, it caught me a bit off guard not because I wasn't happy to help, but because of how raw her words were. In my groggy morning voice, I immediately called my friend, talked her through her thoughts and offered a few words of advice. My main message was to find happiness within herself and to stop looking for it from other people. To make her life better for herself and not just so that others will love her. Her next question: how? My answer was simple: take a look around and recognize the beauty around you, how much you have to be happy for and then decide to be happy for it. Find something you love to do and do it. Want to dance around your apartment to loud cheesy music? Sounds like a great plan. Enjoy a fantastic cup of coffee? Make one, sit down and drink it in peace with a smile on your face.

I know, it sounds simple; maybe a little too simple. But I've found that during the most difficult times, taking a moment to appreciate anything is a simple way to make your world a better place. After I got off the phone with my friend, I followed my own advice and headed outside to take a few moments for appreciation. I packed a breakfast, poured some coffee in a thermos and headed to the water with my journal for some me time.
I took a moment to stare at the water and breathe the air. This was my view.
And  I walked to the track where I first found the courage to run outdoors, where I realized I COULD run a marathon, and where I sorted out my life and found the courage to start my own business. As I watched runners on the track, I thought about this weekend's upcoming race, the Healthy Kidney 10k in Central Park and how excited I am to run it. Last year, I ran this race to honor my brother in law who was battling kidney cancer. This year, I'll run it in his memory. My morning was a reminder that taking those moments really works; they can comfort you through the most difficult times.

I'm pretty sure that my friend will be okay; that this is just a rough patch, life does go on and the decision to be happy is the first step. But I'd love to hear your thoughts or ideas... what moments do you take to appreciate life and make your world rock? A bubble bath? A glass of wine? Please share!

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