Next time something good happens, stop whatever you are doing, give it a second and appreciate that moment.
Dave Gray shared this post today, and it reminded me of our family trip to Destin in 2012. It was the week before I quit my job at Insperity and went full time with Duce Enterprises. I remember being able to stop and savor one moment in particular. I was on our paddle board and had ventured quite a ways up from our spot on the beach and began to circle back when a pod of dolphins appeared and headed toward me. I stopped paddling and watched them approach, and a huge smile came across my face. They were magnificent!
As they reached me, one of them split from the group and went under my board and out in front – perhaps a scout. At that point I decided to start paddling and try to keep up with them. For the next five or six minutes, I was paddling and they were swimming and surfacing all around me. I had not smiled that big in quite a long time, and that smile stayed with my for hours afterward, and even now I am grinning as I write this.
It was a great week because I had already made my decision and drafted my resignation. I had already experienced a successful summer of consulting and process improvement work. However, there was still a considerable amount of stress and a million thoughts in my head about projects, budgets, and more. But I had that moment. And I didn’t need my camera to capture it. I experienced it fully. I savored every second of it. I was changed by it.
And that, my friends, is life.