365 days. 24 hours in a day with a minimum of 12 hours in which we are awake. 365 times 12 equals 4380. Roughly 4400 opportunities in which I can embrace the now.
4400 moments to share and love, showing myself and the ones who mean the most to me that I’m present and living mindfully.
In order to become more mindful of the present and to take advantage of these 4400 embracing opportunities I’ve devised a list of ways in which I can make the most of my 12 hours in each of my 365 days. My list is made up of actions or thoughts that I can practice in order to live presently rather than taking advantage of the present. I hope that my list will encourage you all to devise your own for these 365 days of 2016.
Each time we get into the car rather than becoming frustrated take the time to kiss each of my children.
Each time my child becomes frustrated with a puzzle or math assignment or opening a door, I will take the opportunity to let them know how proud I am of them for trying.
When I have nothing else to give or say, what I can give is a ten second hug to my little ones.
Each time I do something for someone else I will remember to do something for myself as well … even if that is sitting down to a hot lunch in the middle of a busy day.
Each time I have the extra time to give each child a separate bath I will, washing their hair slowly and rubbing their back gingerly rather than rushing a long to just get them clean.
Each time my children sing, I will comment on what beautiful voices they have rather than saying something like “Can you do that in the other room?”
Each time my husband asks for a kiss I’ll give him one.
Each time I leave the house I will tell my husband I love him.
Each time my husband enters the house I will give him a hug hello.
Each time I find myself getting angry I will ask first if it’s my perception and my doing or if it is the fault actual person or thing.
Each time I’m feeling blue I will remind myself that displacing the anger or hurt on someone I love isn’t going to solve anything.
Each time my children run through the house laughing and chasing one another out of fun and not anger, I will bite my tongue and enjoy their innocent laughter.
Each time my children ask to wear a favorite shirt for the fourth day in a row I will let them … as long as it is clean.
I will smile and say hello to at least one stranger a day.
I will be sure to always say thank you and ask how a person’s day is who is working to bring me customer service.
I will take more pictures and actually print them out of moments that I really don’t want to forget.
Each time my children ask to be carried to bed I will embrace them, hold them close and make the steps to their room.
Each time my children ask me to read a book or play a game I will let the dirty dishes and To – Do Lists go.
Each time I think of a friend or family member I will reach out to them.
Each time I think of calling my mom I will pick up the phone and dial … and not wait until nap time.
Each time I think of my husband I will take advantage of technology and send him a text.
If I am having a bad moment I won’t let it turn into a bad day. I always will take the opportunity to reroute where that moment is leading me.
Each time I think of taking a nap I will at least close my eyes and count to ten.
Each time I remember something from my childhood with my Dad I will call him to share the memory.
Each time one of my children sits next to me I will scoot closer and hold their hand.
Each time they pull a stool up to investigate what I am doing I will share with them the steps rather then shooing them a way.
Each time my kids shed a tear I will do my best to make them smile.
Each time I find myself not mindfully in the present, I will take a moment to think of all the wonderful things, activities and people I cherish, I will reach out and touch that person or thing and dive deeper into my abilities.