Everyone is typically very quick to talk about the ‘good old days’.
And it seems the older we get, the more likely we are to talk about how good it was in the past.
Yet as we live and breath our present, we’re quick to point out the negative and everything that is wrong in the current world we live in.
We’re often so wrapped up in current events, both positive and negative that we find it hard to just sit with what is currently happening and actually fully embrace and enjoy it.
Our days tend to be our best attempt at running like well oiled machines.
Meticulously planned out down to the minute sometimes so that we sometimes leave a minute to catch our breath and just… be.
To take in our surroundings and realize that at that very moment – that very fraction of a second, we could very well be living our best life.
We talk about living our best lives like its our hopes and dreams.
We have wishes and aspirations and plans for a better future where we glorify what could be.
And when the future comes, when these plans take place, we often once again get so caught up in things that we forget (again) to enjoy.
To take those breathes and enjoy what we have around us.
When we reflect on ‘the good old days’, we don’t really take into account that at those times, when we were living those moments, did we think at those exact points that we were living the best days of our lives?
And how do we know, until its all really over, what the best days of our life really were?
And further to this, could we potentially compartmentalize things.
To have the best moments of our youth, the best moments of being a teenager or young adult, then the best times of being an adult. And finally the best times of our golden years?
What if right now – right at this exact moment, this is the midst of one of the best years of our lives.
Are we doing all we can to fully embrace things and actually acknowledge that we are grateful and enjoying what we have?
We need to fully live in each moment – good or bad – so that we can come out on the other side knowing that when we look back on things, we know that when we say we lived our best lives. We really and truly meant it.
We embraced them, we were fully immersed.
We threw caution to the wind and we … Lived.
In doing so we are opening up the door to enjoying more opportunities.
Taking stock of the present and being fully grateful for the now.
While its always important to have goals and set our sights on the bigger picture and have a future minded approach, its equally important to enjoy what we have.
One day the things we have, the people we surround ourselves with, our jobs, careers, activities – they’ll slowly dwindle away and fade into our memories.
For both good reasons and bad, nothing really and truly lasts forever.
And for these reasons we need to especially fully embrace our surroundings and those around us.
Enjoy things while we can.
One day we’ll be older and enjoying the golden twilight of our lives and looking back on these Good Old Days.
And hopefully at that point we’ll know that we truly lived. We were immersed, engaged, and aware that these moments, they truly were the times of our lives.
Guest Blogger Rayna Davies
Rayna is the Office Manager at Sentinel Security, as well as the main blog contributor.
With foundations firmly routed in Business administration, Customer Service, and Management, she brings years of experience to her roles both within the Sentinel office, and the blog.
Having grown up with a father who has developed an expertise in Physical Security and Executive Protection in the RCMP and two major corporations, she has personally observed and experienced many security details. These experiences have included personally meeting HM Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and many celebrities.
Her passions include spending time with her husband and two young children, world travel, reading, writing, and pushing herself to always look for the silver lining.