Capture perfect moments every day

Each week on my blog, I participate in something called “Perfect Moment Monday.”

According to the blog that hosts this weekly event (http://www.weebleswobblog.com), Perfect Moment Monday is about “noticing a perfect moment rather than creating one.”

By participating in the Perfect Moment Monday project, I have become more mindful about life. I liken it to creating a gratitude list, where I name the things for which I am grateful.

My kids have gotten into it, too. Out of the blue one of them will say, “Mom, this is a Perfect Moment.” We then grab the camera, capture the moment and a post begins to formulate in my mind.

Easter Sunday was a series of perfect moments. It began with hiding the eggs. Even though the boys are teenagers (WAY too old for the Easter Bunny), it’s a tradition. They were excited about it ... in a teenage way.

At family meals, our conversations can run the gamut.

That morning over brunch, however, we had a philosophical discussion on spirituality, religion and beliefs. The boys who searched for hidden eggs were now discussing the foundations of religion.

Both my husband and I were surprised when we announced a hike later that afternoon and all three boys wanted to go.

These are the same kids who had previously (and repeatedly) said, “Hiking is stupid. You start and end in the same place. It’s pointless.”

The weather was perfect for a hike up No Thoroughfare Canyon. The boys ran ahead, stopped to look at rocks, walked in the stream and enjoyed the cool mist from the waterfalls.

Along the hike, I reflected on how hiking is like life. Each of us ultimately knows where the trail will lead, and we each get to experience it in our own way. We choose our path, stumble on obstacles, enjoy small victories, and have other people on our path with us.

The boys hiked up and beyond the second waterfall where the path got much steeper. Hubby and I decided to stop.

The metaphor between hiking and life continued as I thought, “Just as in life, my kids will go beyond me. What will they find on their paths beyond mine?”

After our hike we stopped for ice cream and later had a family dinner. The entire day was a series of perfect moments. There are so many things to be grateful for in my life.

When I forget to be grateful is when life can seem more difficult.

I see the same pattern reflected in my coaching clients. When they focus too heavily on what’s NOT working, they may overlook what IS working.

One remedy is to create a daily gratitude list, or as one of my clients called it, a “joy journal.” By focusing on what’s right, it can shift your perspective. Even though nothing has changed, things can feel better and, amazingly, as though everything has changed.

Here are three things I’m grateful for:

My family and friends.

My health.

My passion for writing, working out and being a great taxi-driver for my kids.

What are you grateful for?

Coaching challenge: For the next week, list at least three things each day for which you are grateful.

If you’re in a bad mood or complaining, go back to your list or come up with three more items. See how shifting the focus of your thoughts can change your mood.

Sheri Fisher is an intuitive life coach from Grand Junction. The situations and characters in her column are fictional to maintain client confidentiality. For more information and to access her blog, go to: http://www.coachwithsheri.com.


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