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.