It's not easy to take a picture of a 78 degree day with wind in the leaves. Or the pleasure it gave me when I took a minute to appreciate it.
I am a very future oriented person, so I spend most of my time in my head thinking about what's next, what's next. It's a useful trait sometimes - it helps me plug along toward long term goals. It's a problem when the future goals become unclear, or don't seem to be tenable for some reason.
I am not good at appreciating the moment. Even this moment. Even as I was appreciating it, I began thinking about how to process it into a picture and a blog post. See. That's how my hamster wheel brain works.
But I did appreciate it, in and of itself, for a minute or two before my system 2 took over again. I'd like to get better at that. Because life is the sum of all the seconds and minutes. And if you aren't there when they are happening, what was the point?