Live Every Tiny Moment Exceptionally!!!!!!!
A few years ago I started writing inspirational messages and thoughts to share with my friends. The goal wasn't to prove that I knew everything or that my life was perfect and therefore people should definitely follow me and look up to me. I simply did it because I know how much I would have appreciated the thoughts when I was young and dumb. (Note: Not completely sold I've outgrown that stage yet. lol). In any case, I ended one of those messages with "LETME- Live Every Tiny Moment Exceptionally." The moment I wrote it I knew that I would do something with it in the future. I didn't know what that would be, but I knew it was one of those things that would be an amazing gift and tool for me to reach people. At the time I had no idea I would have not one book, not two books, but three books, Instagram, Twitter accounts. I had no idea I would have my own blog, let alone my own website, too (all linked here, if you like). I had no idea. That is the gift of life, and that is the point of LETME. And, that is why I am talking about it today, in this blog. So, let's get to it.
So, what is LETME? It is simply living life in the moment and appreciating it for what it is, which is a gift. As people we have gotten to the point where the outer image of our "self" is the most important thing in life. How people view us defines the way we live, act, and react to the world. LETME is about slowing down and not acting or reacting to the world, but blending into it to see it at its most natural state. LETME is getting off from a tough day of work and taking the back streets, scenic route, or long way home to enjoy the breeze from outside and the views along the
It's like stealing a picture of a mountain out in the distance that you have seen so much you stopped noticing it years ago. LETME is connecting to what it felt like the first time you saw the "mountain" (or whatever) in the first place. Like this picture, I was the passenger in the car and loved the way the mountain looked as a backdrop to the freeway. I love this picture for all the layers it captured. I had one moment to capture it. Just one. If I thought about it too long, I would have missed it. If I rushed myself, it might have come out blurry. What I did was simply acknowledge the moment and captured a shot of it. It really didn't matter if the picture came out or not because I was enjoying the moment. I am glad it did come out, mind you, but that wasn't the most important part of it.
You see, we have a choice on how we attack the day. We have a choice on where we go with our energy. We have a choice on who we spend our energies on. We have a choice with how we recharge ourselves. LETME is about taking the moment. It is about taking our "choice" and finding something to do with it that refuels us or simply slows us down. It is about learning to, for lack of a better word, love being with you and being where you are in life. It isn't about not wanting to improve and explore. It isn't about not seeing the growth potential in what you are doing or what you would like to do. It is about recognizing the life we have and appreciating it.
Here are a few stolen moments I have taken simply taking the long way home from work. I am lucky I get to drive along the water, but I'd do the same if I was in the mountains or out on the plains. Seeing life happen around me and simply sitting with it is what my LETME moments are all about.
1. Here one of my friends had stopped at a cove to listen to the waves. I got a text saying it sounded amazing. Since I was near, I came by to find her out at water's edge taking pictures of the waves. And then, the Washington State Ferry came by. I smiled watching her have this moment and snapped this pic. She didn't know I was there yet.
2. Sometimes it is amazing to see where you came from and the traces we leave on the earth. I climbed down to capture pictures of eagles on the beach. As I returned, I saw my footsteps in the sand. It reminds me of fleeting moments that will soon disappear when the water returns. It will be like I was never there at all.
3. Some people walk the beach to hear the waves or see the sun. What we, as humans, fail to see, more often than not, is all the life that happens around us. This little "world" was on top of a rock during low tide. For all the living things inside, it is a whole world. For me, it was a cool picture. LETME lets me realize that there is so much more to the world than just me.
Even now, as I sit here at my dining room table, I steal moments to share a laugh with a friend through Messenger or share a picture with someone on Twitter. I look out my window and see the birds flying back and forth from the trees to my feeder. I watch the hummingbirds zip in and zip out. Maybe, I'll grab my phone and snap a few pictures of them, or I'll just sit and watch. At some point, I'll let the dog out and stand on my porch listening to the birds while watching the clouds change shapes as they move across the otherwise blue sky. On the scale of life this won't move the needle one bit. Yet, it is one of the most important things I can do for myself which is take time to simply breathe. Or, as this blog says, LETME. It is also not just about one's self when
it comes to LETME. It is about being one with the world. For instance, this pic.
4. A chipmunk sits on my wife's tortoise cage having had its fill of sunflower seeds that the birds had dropped from the feeder. I opened the window to take this pic, and it didn't move. It didn't care I was there, as I wasn't a real threat to him from there. So I sat for five minutes and watched this little one run and eat and chase birds. Simple pleasure of just "being" is also part of the LETME movement.
That being said, one of my favorite things to do for my moments is to see the birds of prey that we have here in Washington, from the owls (super hard to capture), to the osprey, to the hawks, and finally to the Eagles. Whenever I am driving I am looking around and often up to see if one these birds are in the trees, on the coast, or flying around. I have thousands of pictures from just stopping at the side of the road to marvel in the magnificence of those birds. This wouldn't be a blog about LETME if I didn't share one or two of my favorite bird.
5. The standing Eagle was captured during a quick drive into Seabeck ,Washington. This was one of the closest and clearest pics I've ever gotten of these guys. What you don't see is the crows in the tree that kept attacking the Eagle. The landing Eagle was taken near Olalla, Washington at a little T-intersection heading toward Gig Harbor, Washington. I was just getting ready to leave when he flew in with his lunch.
I will never tire of seeing these majestic birds. They are one of my pillars for making sure I take time for myself. Seeing them, capturing photos of them, and sharing them with my friends re-energizes me. If I didn't take the time to just slow down, I would not have caught either of these amazing photos (if I don't say so myself. lol).
Now, don't get me wrong LETME isn't about everything being perfect or pristine or the best ever because, to put it simply, life isn't all roses. Sometime we have find little "pieces" of moments
like this next picture.
6. I looked outside my front door and the sunset sky was turning pretty shades of purple, red, and pink, or various shades of those. I walked down my road to the row of neighbors houses that overlooked the valley of trees. This picture was taken from the street, through a front yard tree and between two neighbors houses. Are you surprised?
When I sent this picture to a few friends I got a few "Wow, I'd love to be right there" type responses. The truth is that "right there" was in the road, hoping the neighbor driving too fast in the neighborhood doesn't run me over while I stand in the street to capture this pictures. This is the reason the word "TINY" is in LETME because we don't need a big moment to have a great moment. But like I said, LETME isn't about perfect or great moments; it is about all of them, which is why I left this next picture for last.
7. My normal route home along the water I stopped on the cold and rainy shore. The waves broke from the wind heavy, and the cold of the air cut through my workout clothes. I stood in awe of the power of nature. Cars drove by as I snapped a few pictures of the city across the water. For many, this is definitely not a "good" day and not a LETME moment. Or is it?
One of the biggest hurdles people face is they believe that they need life to be perfect to enjoy it. We need sunshine, beaches, drinks, friends, and whatever to have their moment. LETME is not a place; it is a mindset, and that mindset can be applied anywhere at anytime. In fact, when we learn to Live Every Tiny Moment Exceptionally when it is not ideal, we will appreciate and value the ideal times even more when they come. How we do it is totally up to us.
As I close this blog out I want to give you a little list of ways to improve your LETME and to embrace it for your better enjoyment:
1. Kill Negative- The more you carry negativity around with you, the more your mind, eyes, and spirit searches for it. Remember that bad situations are moments not life times. Carry what you need.
2. Self Time- Be OK with having a few minutes, hours, or even days with yourself. Learning to be with your own thoughts is a great gift to give yourself.
3. Spread Your Joy- Everyone likes to talk about what they don't like, but few share what they love, not for bragging, but for sharing, and maybe giving others an idea.
4. Know Your Worth- They say time is money which may be true but your most precious commodity is your mental and emotional well-being. Don't let others use you to the point you no longer self-care.
5. STOP- Find a park, a walking trail, a pond, a outcove, or just the side of the street on a back road and pause. One of the great tools for not overreacting of stressing is taking a moment to pause, breath, and regroup before moving forward.
Alright, that is it for the time being. Some of you may want to support my LETME movement which I would be amazed to see. One way you can do that is use #LETME on Twitter, that is sharing your moment that you took to pause. You can also support many of my LETME type threads on Twitter. We need to spread the joy of enjoying life to each other. The other way you can is to visit my shop where we (April and I) have our LETME merchandise. (SHOP)
This blog is not about selling products. I have just been asked on a few occasions how to get the products, so I'm adding it to the blog. I want to thank you for being a part of my moments. Every time someone reads my blogs I know they took a moment out of their lives to spend with me. And for me, that is truly a LETME.
Be Amazing... To YOURSELF my friends.