Saturday, March 31, 2012

Be Happy. Be Present.


It is raining in Germany today. I am at my in-laws out in the country side, and I’ve decided to look at this rainy weather as an opportunity rather than something inhibiting. I finally got around to editing the photos I took last weekend, which we also spent out here in the countryside. Despite the stormy weather, today has been a good day. It’s my niece’s birthday – she turned one! In a typical Schmidt fashion, we celebrated with an impossibly enormous amount of food and excellent company. There’s something about this family, something so warm and welcoming and inviting – you can’t help but feel carefree when in this house. Problems are left at the door. You’re free to love, to be loved, to be happy.


Speaking of being happy, I am only just realizing how relevant this quote is to my life right now. I am in constant pursuit of happiness, to a degree most would describe as obsessive at best. I am a compulsive planner – I have trips and vacations planned that Steven and I may never even actually go on. I’ve secretly (or not so secretly) planned weddings for all of my friends…including the ones who aren’t even engaged. I am always on the hunt for something amazing, some incredible place to visit or thing to do or piece of clothing to wear. I am always searching.

I know I can’t be the only one guilty of this. Raise your hand if you’re constantly on the lookout for things to make your life better, brighter, more exciting. Raise your hand if you’re constantly making lists about ways to improve yourself, because if you could just be that much stronger or that much thinner or that much more interesting, all of your problems would be solved? I’ll tell you – my hand is WAY up high!


Here’s the thing, though. If we put away those lists for just a moment and look around, we might realize the place we’re standing is pretty fabulous, too. It may finally become apparent that, while imperfect, our lives are freaking amazing and we are so lucky to be living them. I’m not saying we should go about our days with a blatant disregard for the future - but when we’re so obsessed with paving the way for the days to come, we may never notice how lovely the landscape is as we work.

So be present, today and every day. Work towards the future, but don’t get so caught up in it you forget to enjoy right now’s tiny moments – because believe me, they sure do fly by.




kimberly rae said...

raising my hand over here!!

i recently came to the realization that im CONStANTLY looking foward to the 'next best thing' without taking time to appreciate what i have! so i've been making a conscious decision to really appreciate every day and all the great things in my life and stop trying to fast forward!

Gabriella said...

This is completely true- I'm always looking forward to the next thing. I definitely plan on enjoying the 'now' much more often. So glad you posted this!


peteandkimmybird said...

Thanks for this post! My husband and I both have the same habit of always looking forward, so we just seem to encourage the habit all the time. Being present has got to be one of the trickiest things out there!

Sarahcastically said...

I love this post. I definitely do that - tomorrow, when I do such and such, I'll feel better. Next week, next month, next year, I'll finally be where I want to be. Sometimes it's easy to forget that the journey can be just as beautiful. :) Thanks for the reminder.

Autumn said...

My hand is raised here too...I am an obsessive planner.

Alex Butts said...

So neat you realized this on a rainy day because the rainy days inside are the ones I find myself most nitpicking my life and overanalyzing - it's the sunny days where I can be extra carefree :)

lizzie said...

amen sista. i'm loving your use of quotes. oh so much.

xo, lizzie

Kaity said...

You speak the truth! I am incredibly guilty of this (that plus a nasty grass-is-always-greener complex). Lately, I've been much more aware of the fact that to be constantly focused on the future is to take for granted the present. Given the fast-paced culture we live in it's easy to remember how to just be. Something I'm constantly striving toward.

Know that I'm in solidarity with you, sista!

Sophie @TheForgeStyle said...

i am such a list maker myself. i feel a sense of accomplishment every time i cross something off ;)

elz said...

I feel like the springtime is just bringing out the live in the moment vibe around the web - you are so very correct, too often we are always looking towards the next thing, the next helps to stop & take a look around every once in a while:

"...but when we’re so obsessed with paving the way for the days to come, we may never notice how lovely the landscape is as we work."

Brhea {NoPlaceLykeHome} said...

We are so on the same page with this! I wrote a post, Be Here Now, last week that I think fits nicely with this sentiment! Thanks for the reminder :)


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