Recently a temperature inversion gave the mountains a mirage effect known as fata morgana.
The Mirage of “Someday”
It had me think about the mirage of “someday.”
You’re tired. You’ve been working a lot. Too much.
You haven’t been eating as well as you’d like. You aren’t getting enough sleep.
You meant to exercise but you got home late, plowed through first thing you could find to eat and sunk into a zombie-like stupor on the couch.
You’re feeling so far behind you don’t even have time to think about what really matters to you.
We don’t want our lives to be this way. We promise ourselves that “someday” we’ll catch up and it won’t be like this anymore. But let’s be honest- “someday” isn’t getting any closer- it’s like a mirage on the horizon.
What if “Someday” Was No Longer a Mirage?
This weekend I slept in. I shared a yummy breakfast of fresh sourdough pancakes and eggs with my boyfriend. I absorbed as much vitamin D as possible while skate skiing and enjoying mountain views with my sister. I read Tim Ferriss’ new book, The 4 Hour Chef and shared some of his ideas in a rousing discussion with my family. Then we all went sledding and cheered on my nephews as they jumped a snow berm and stuck their landings. We made caribou lasagna with homemade pesto. It was “friggin awesome.” Then we laughed and played games till bedtime.
It was a perfect day.
This isn’t to say it was flawless. It wasn’t. But it was still perfect.
Focus on What Matters: The Small Stuff
Turning “someday” into today is about focusing on what really matters. It might be a moment of gratitude for a friend, a meaningful conversation with a coworker or a chance to relax by yourself, enjoy a square of dark chocolate and play Letterpress.
It’s the small moments that add up to a Big Life. Pay attention to the small moments.
Creating Your Perfect Day isn’t a new idea- Chris Guillebeau wrote about it here. Tynan recommends four elements for a perfect day (do meaningful work, connect with others, eat good food and do something physical). If you look at my perfect day, it’s got all four of those elements. He’s onto something universal.
Can’t seem to manage a whole “perfect” day? What about a perfect morning? Or a perfect afternoon? What would it look like? How would you feel? What would you be doing? Imagine all the details as specifically as possible.
- How do you feel physically and emotionally?
- Who are you interacting with?
- What are you talking about?
- What type of meaningful work are you doing?
- What are you eating?
- What feelings would you have at the end of the day?
Perfect moments will add up to a Big Life. Notice them. Build on them. Have one more perfect moment today than you did yesterday. Your “someday” mirage will become today.
Had a perfect day? Afternoon? Moment? Share in the comments.