“Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point.” – Harold B Melchart
Having goals is very important. Working towards them; even more important. However, we need to appreciate the beauty of the moments we have now because we may not have them again when we get to the top or even another position on the ladder. As a photography enthusiast, one of the first things I learnt as far as taking pictures is concerned was perspective. I learnt that you can make a flat boring picture totally awesome by positioning yourself below, above or to the side of the subject. Even closer or farther could make a big difference in how the picture ‘pops’ when viewed later.
The same thing can be applied to our journey up the ladder towards achieving our goals. We often get so tied down with the idea that we have a goal in mind that we forget to enjoy the moment. Things as simple as ditching the phone, newspaper or whatever it is that consumes your attention while eating and focusing on the food to enjoy it and savor it to the maximum. It might seem a bit ridiculous but if you are a very goal-oriented person who believes you can *always* make maximum utility of your time by doing two or more things at the same time, you realize that you just breeze through your day without achieving anything for your personal well being or mental sanity.
Yes, you may have performed awesome at work or you may have gotten a lot of things you planned done but how many times do you slow down and look around you to appreciate the position you currently are? The friends you have, the food you eat, the places you can go to have fun without paparazzi chasing you up and down? A lot of people you possibly consider better off than you right now sometimes crave for the sanity and simplicity you currently have in your life. Yet, a lot of us are in the rat race, running towards the good life we see without necessarily knowing exactly what it entails.
Conclusively, the point is… Right now, reading this article; you have a perspective you might never have again. Established, you’re making progress and you’re on the way to the top. Even at that, don’t forget to smile at the world around you now, appreciate it, have fun, do things to feel like a child again once in a while. Speeding through it all will only have you wishing you had lived this when you had it. Just like taking a picture, every point on the ladder has a different perspective. Ever catching yourself wishing you were a child again? Now things have changed. You can’t live the life you lived then again. Remember to live your ‘NOW’ while you have it. Farther up the ladder will be totally different.
So today, don’t just go through your motions of activities and count your victories in ‘things you got done’. Enjoy it! Have fun! Laugh like you have nothing in the world to worry about. Live it and live it now. Then look up the ladder at your prize and keep going while appreciating your perspective on every rung.