Are you like me, where productivity is like an adrenaline rush? Where accomplishing and getting things off of your list brings a great feeling of satisfaction? There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. The world needs people like us to get things done. However…
Do you think this quest for being productive sometimes robs you of joy?
So the other day I tried a little experiment and was quite surprised by the results. My flight arrived a little bit early; I raced through the airport to be pleasantly surprised to see my bag already making its way around the baggage carousel. I reached up with all of my might and pulled that large suitcase off taking no casualties with me.
So, here I was with extra time to spare before my ride would arrive. I always find unexpected time to be a fabulous dilemma.
As you may have figured out by now, waiting is not a problem for me. I pulled out my bag full of tasks to complete. I whipped out my computer, hooked into the airport Wi-Fi, and set out to be efficient with the extra time I had acquired.
As I sat there, I could hear a commotion in the airport of laughter and shrieks of delight as people were walking into the baggage claim area. I thought to myself, hmm what would it be like to just sit and observe these people and accomplish nothing? After all, this was extra time; I had not expected.
Then I remembered the steps to taking in more joy.
It Is A Choice To Embrace the Moment
So, I set aside my work and made a choice to “Embrace the Moment” no matter what it had to hold. I figured I didn’t have much to lose, maybe just a little boredom. I want you to know – I wasn’t just watching and plugging away at my computer, but I was fully present with all electronics put aside.
At this particular airport, it isn’t unusual to see crowds of people waiting for their loved one to return from their mission. Usually, I rush right by in my hurry to get to where I need to be. Today, I had chosen something different.
First, I heard the “anticipation” conversations, “Do you think his appearance has changed?” “Do you think he is hungry?” “Will he act differently?” “Did he have fun?” “Is he glad he went?”
Then the crowd presses forward with signs held high, welcoming their loved one home. Mom and Dad are beaming from eye to eye. I find myself joining in the excitement.
Together, we are watching for his footsteps to appear from around the last corner. I am so caught up in the moment; it doesn’t dawn on me that I won’t recognize this person. I do not know him.
By the cheers, I can tell our person has arrived; we watch as he goes step by step past the last security guard. The excitement is explosive; it is almost more joy than a heart can contain. The person then goes from person to person, hugs, and cheers galore.
But the one embrace that brings tears to my eyes is the Momma hug. It is like no other hug. I see this grown boy and Momma alike wiping away the tears. Tear of joy, tears of pride and tears of a heart that longed for their love one to return.
Soon afterward I felt a wet tear drop running down my face. Heck, by the time this young man arrived I felt like I should jump up and congratulate his return. It filled my heart to see and feel the love of being reunited.
I had no idea the delight I could receive from this small moment in time. I discovered one could piggyback to strangers “joy” simply by being present and embracing the moment. Joy is so contagious even when you do not know a soul, and joy is all around us.
To think I might have missed this unexpected opportunity to take in and share someone else’s joy – if I had kept my head buried in my computer being productive.
I encourage you to close it all down once in a while and “EMBRACE THE MOMENT.” Take in whatever that moment has to offer. It just might surprise you that you will walk away with a huge smile and a heart filled with joy.
I would love to hear your “EMBRACING THE MOMENT” experiences this week.
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