Savor The Moment
Clocking more than 12 hours at office, spending 2 hours in travel sapped all my energy. The busyness alienated me from family and friends. ‘Dead on my feet’, that was me.
A heart attack at 38 finally gave me a jolt. And I realized that I have to live today. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. Just today. I must savor every moment.
It was tough in the beginning but I slowed down my pace. I now take time to eat food. Smile often. Appreciate small gestures…
Now that I am enjoying the gift of living, I know I am truly alive.
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September 16, 2013 12:03 am|
LOL @ ‘I now take time to eat food’. My life’s goal is NEVER to miss a single meal and to enjoy every meal. I never allowed/will allow work to get in the way of this goal!! It’s sad that one needs a heart attack to realize this. Good shocking narration that drives the point home.
September 16, 2013 12:35 pm|
Yeah, in the busyness of our life, we just have time to gobble up the food and no time to enjoy every bite. Sometimes, we learn a lesson only when we stumble and fall. Thanks Rajesh! 🙂
September 16, 2013 7:13 am|
Most people in a rat race don’t really know why they continue to be in there.
Sadly, it generally takes a setback to make a person learn how to enjoy life.
September 16, 2013 12:38 pm|
Well said, PI. Somebody said, life is all about learning and one of the most memorable ways of learning something is by messing up!
September 16, 2013 7:39 am|
Many youngsters today do not realize this and do spend their days with total disrespect to their health and life in general!
September 16, 2013 12:42 pm|
Well said, Jayashree. The competitive world around us pushes us to move fast in every spheres of our life. In the process of running from morn to night, we often forget to love and enjoy our life.
September 16, 2013 12:49 pm|
Everybody is so busy chasing after that big happiness that they just neglect the small happinesses that come their way. ‘No time to stop and stare’, is what they keep chanting and then they realise that these small happinesses are what keep them truly alive. Loved your post. 🙂 (Like always)
September 16, 2013 1:24 pm|
True, we sometimes get so busy with the chaos around us that we forget to enjoy or savour the moment! Personally, I have seen that observing the kids at play or really listening to a song or being in that moment is so refreshing and such a happy feeling! Thanks a lot, Shilpa. You are too kind 🙂
September 16, 2013 2:42 pm|
Sometimes we realize the importance of life when we are jolted with a harsh reality . Well written Shilpa and loved the quote too .
September 16, 2013 9:49 pm|
True, it’s i our failures that we learn life’s most important lessons …
Thanks Sweta. Glad you liked this piece. 🙂
September 16, 2013 3:16 pm|
A good message Shilpa. It does feel good to slow down and savour the present moment.
September 16, 2013 9:50 pm|
They say, we’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are. Thanks Diana 🙂
September 16, 2013 3:17 pm|
What Sweta has said is so apt!!! Sometimes we need a jolt to get back our senses!! well written
September 16, 2013 10:02 pm|
Absolutely! We learn a lesson only when we stumble and fall.
September 16, 2013 4:18 pm|
A good message . Slow down and enjoy life for yourself today, for we have only one life that is precious. A heart-attack need not knock on one’s door to warn about the change in life-style.
September 16, 2013 10:06 pm|
Thanks Kalpana. Well said. Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour, which we must enjoy NOW!!
September 16, 2013 4:29 pm|
I have seen my father getting heart attack, it was shocking for me. Did changed everyone’s habits in family. Nice post.
September 16, 2013 10:11 pm|
It is proven that a setback often leads us to a better place…
September 16, 2013 5:13 pm|
Nice post, Shilpa. We should not over burden ourselves with work.Relaxation is very important.
September 16, 2013 10:07 pm|
That’s true! All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy! 🙂
September 16, 2013 6:05 pm|
Sad that it is often a scary wake up call in life like a heart attack that makes a person finally start taking care of themselves. By then the damage is done. My dad was like that. His first heart attack was a major wake up call for him and he immediately quit smoking and took care to watch what he ate as a result.
September 16, 2013 10:15 pm|
That’s nice that he learnt from his experience and adapted himself!
September 16, 2013 9:21 pm|
An eye opener. We work to be able to enjoy with our family. If work prevents us from doing that then its a dead end.
September 16, 2013 10:14 pm|
We have to work, but then we have to enjoy life and its beauty too. It should not happen that in our quest to be ahead in life, we miss out on life!
September 17, 2013 12:49 am|
One of the most beautiful post on Being Alive, Shilpa. We often forget that we have to be alive but most often we are living corpses. In a way, I am happy, I lost my job coz my job was my life. True, I was getting fulfillment but at what cost the soul? Thanks for this post and for the kind words you dropped on my space.
September 18, 2013 4:30 pm|
Thanks Vishal. True, we get so caught up in the fulfilling our roles and responsibilities that we forget to live!
September 17, 2013 11:51 am|
Gotta live in the present.
September 18, 2013 4:31 pm|
Thanks Ruchira 🙂
September 17, 2013 12:24 pm|
Imagine how sad life must be if we cannot even savour our meal
September 18, 2013 4:32 pm|
True… after all, we are all working/running to get 2 meals…
September 17, 2013 1:16 pm|
yes, shilpa. Agree. it is important to focus on the present. Crispy message concisely worded:)
September 18, 2013 4:34 pm|
Oh yes, as life is a journey, not a destination!
September 17, 2013 7:31 pm|
Wow! its an eye opener indeed. I did not wait for the attach…at 32 I made my decision to ‘live’ 🙂 Thanks Shilpa!
September 18, 2013 4:35 pm|
That’s a wow decision, Kajal! Glad you are truly living! 🙂
September 17, 2013 8:50 pm|
Yes living in the moment is the best thing we can do…as always your post is simple and sweet.
I wonder if you remember me?
September 18, 2013 4:40 pm|
Hi Shahid! Of course, I remember you!! We have blogged together in 2009-2010 till you did a vanishing act! How have you been? Good to see you back! 🙂
September 18, 2013 10:34 am|
Live in the moment !!! Enjoy life in all its colours. We get to hear these lines, these days so frequently. Probably because everyone is running after that elusive goal. This is the way of life we have come to accept over the years. However, as you said, we must savor every moment and slow down our pace sometimes…Smile often. Appreciate small gestures…
September 18, 2013 4:41 pm|
You are bang on Jini! 🙂
September 18, 2013 12:12 pm|
Most people forget to stop and smell the daisies..they forget that they work to live and not live to work.
Nice use of the prompt 🙂
September 18, 2013 4:46 pm|
Absolutely! Somebody rightly said, all that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused!!
September 18, 2013 3:00 pm|
Ohh how many of us face this ! I have a 1.5 hrs travel one day and I have long working hours 🙁 How I dislike it !
September 18, 2013 4:48 pm|
True, it is the same story for most of us. But it is important to take time and enjoy life and its beauty around!
September 18, 2013 6:51 pm|
Shilpa,we get so involved in our professional life and like to convince ourselves and the family ” It can’t happen to me”.It does happen,though
I have personally gone through this,hence,take my suggestion.Work as much your body can withstand.Eat everything,but,in moderation including Liquor.
A bit of regular exercise,nothing will go wrong.
September 18, 2013 10:08 pm|
That’s such a wonderful advice. We must follow this to the hilt. Thanks for sharing!
September 18, 2013 7:01 pm|
not many get second chances…why wait for it? loved your post 🙂
September 18, 2013 10:15 pm|
True… we dont always get second chances in life! Thanks Preethi 🙂
September 19, 2013 12:23 pm|
A pity we need a wake up call to do something we ought to be doing naturally. 🙂 But as they say, better late than never. We need a jolt to feel truly alive.
September 19, 2013 4:14 pm|
Well said, Vidya. Usually we take things for granted. It is only a jolt that opens our eyes and senses 🙂
September 20, 2013 12:06 pm|
True, we learn from our mistakes but as you rightly said, better late than never!
September 19, 2013 10:49 pm|
The lesson behind it is for many of us. Taking life each day has become a crucial part of healthy mind and body 🙂
September 20, 2013 12:09 pm|
Yes, given the kind of lifestyle we live, this is a very important lesson for most of us!
September 24, 2013 2:43 pm|
We all worry about future
And neglect the present!
October 15, 2013 8:59 am|
So true and end up regretting later!