Tapping My Foot and Living the Moment

Real Estate Agent with Laura L. Bieker

I was driving down one of our major thoroughfares today, between one appointment and another, and the light turned red.  I was the second car in the lane.  I braked, leaned back, took a deep breath and commenced to wait.  Experience has shown me that the wait would be a longer one.  The intersection is near a school, with lots of traffic, and it was mid afternoon.  And yes, mentally, I was tapping my foot, thinking of all of the things left to do in the day and how little of the day was left. 

And then I saw him, a man crossing the street, in the crosswalk.  With earphones on his head, a frozen drink from the local convenience store in his hand, and a smile on his face.  With the sun shining on him, and the breeze moving his hair, he looked the picture of total bliss.  He was truly living the moment.  While I was mentally tapping my foot.  Which of us, however, had the right mindset?

The light was not going to change any quicker, the traffic was not going to move any faster, and the to-do list was not going to be completed any more swiftly if I mentally tapped my foot.  This gentlemen, however, was truly living the moment that he was in.  Who knows whether his life was happy today or if his burdens were heavy; who knows if he was jobless or a millionaire; who knows if he had a houseful of family awaiting his return home, or if he lived by himself.  And honestly, who cares?  He was living in the moment he was in right then, enjoying the sunshine, the music through his earphones and the fruit drink in his hand.  While I was mentally tapping my foot -- no longer.

The moment was quick and the lesson was swift -- enjoy what you have, when you have it.  Stop mindlessly working ahead to what's next, and enjoy what is.  Whether it's a stoplight and traffic, or music and a cold drink.  Whether it's a quiet home to return to, or one bustling with noise.  Life is what it is.

So thank you, Mr. Anonymous Musical Smiley Man with Slurpee in Hand, for enjoying your moment.......and for reminding me to enjoy mine.  I'm back on track now, and my foot is still.  Thank you. 


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Bob Foster
Century 21 Lanthorn R. E. Ltd. Belleville, Ontario - Belleville, ON

Well said, and beautifully written. Thank you, Laura.

Oct 21, 2008 12:04 PM #1
Joel Weihe
Realty World Alliance - Wichita, KS
Helping you to use your VA home loan benefits

amen!  Remember the present and enjoy it, don't worry about tomorrow while forgetting today.  Stop and smell the roses.  A wonderful story to remind us of some of those adages.  they exist for a reason.

Oct 21, 2008 12:04 PM #2
Anthony Stokes-Pereira
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Nanuet, NY

Hi Laura;

Great post!

We all must come back to reality and enjoy our moment sometime. Good Luck!!

Oct 21, 2008 12:05 PM #3
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Sounds like the guy who you saw had a good attitude and a good approach. All the best.

Oct 21, 2008 12:42 PM #4
Marie Westerman
Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate/ Wilson Parker Homes - Evans, GA
New Homes Sales Specialist Evans GA REALTOR

I so understand what ou are writing about sometimes a strangers joy in there life take me by suprise as I TRY to get through my HECTIC day. It make me stop and if do nothing else smile!!

Oct 21, 2008 12:49 PM #5
Kathy Knight
Intracoastal Realty Corp - Wilmington, NC
BROKER, ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR, Wilmington NC Homes an

I love to hear those kind of perspectives actually voiced. I see the same kind of people on the street and just wonder - how happy they look. What a way to be!! Wish we could all be so lucky.

Thanks, Laura

Oct 21, 2008 01:21 PM #6
Laura L. Bieker
Laura L. Bieker - O'Fallon, MO
"Working for People on the Move"

Bob - thank you.  I was humbled to watch the scene as it played out.  The stoplight was a blessing. 

Sheree - I agree!  I was very glad to be reminded.  I went through the remainder of the day in a different, and better, place of grace.

Anthony - I'm glad that I got back to reality through a good experience, and not through a loss or the negative impact in life that sometimes occurs!

Bob & Carolin - Yes, the attitude and approch were interesting to witness.  It also made me crave a Slurpee!  :)

Marie - The smile was what I automatically experienced.  It was similar to watching a child enjoy the simplicty of life -- playing in a mudpuddle or picking a flower. 

Kathy - One of my thoughts as I wrote this evening was that not only should we try to be so lucky, but we should try to put ourselves in the place where we can be so lucky.  His joy was then given to me. 

Oct 21, 2008 01:37 PM #7
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