Savor the pursuit
Everyone wants to be successful. No one sets out in life desiring to be a failure. But, what is success? How would you define a successful life? First, you must realize that life is made up of a continuation of individual days and, within each of these days, is a series of connected moments. The choices we make in each of these moments alter life's course. If you want a successful life, you must consciously choose how you spend your time each day. This is the only way to know if you are moving towards success.
Success must be defined by each person. What I consider success, may not be your idea of success. About a month ago I wrote down what I would consider a perfect day.
On a perfect day...
I'm spending time with my children & those I love.
It's spent outside, laughing, playing, relaxing.
I’m passionate about photography and education.
I’m creating meaningful personal photos.
I feel peace.
You know what I realized?
I'm not a millionaire. I'm not at a healthy BMI. I don't have thousands of followers on social media. I haven't brushed my hair in days. But today... today was a success.
I got up early enough this morning to beat the sun and walked a little over three miles with a friend. This was an investment in my physical, mental, and spiritual health.
When I felt discomfort in my body, I took a nap. I didn't try to fight against what my body was telling me it needed (rest). I extended myself grace. Not guilt.
I played with my boys. This is HUGE. We all did something together. It was messy, but so fun!
With my camera, I documented my youngest in an afternoon bubble bath. He pretended to swim and serve me tea. After I helped him dry off, I sang him our song and gently laid him down for a nap. While he slept, I edited those pictures. It was then that it hit me.
Today has been my perfect day. I wasn't trying to balance life. I just simply lived it.
I've been gifted this pursuit of happiness. It's the journey, not the arrival, that we should savor. Take a moment right now, Momma, to breathe in the air around you. Taste life.
Friendship is the finest balm,