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present moments

Drink In The Respite and Renewal of Ordinary Present Moments

Take five for a new coffee break story!

The present moments feel satisfyingly full when I appreciate what a gift they truly are!

I’m referring to the mundane tasks, ordinary moments, and non-events that are legitimate parts of my day. Those commonplace aspects are invaluable counterparts that let the occasional extraordinary moments and thrilling activities shine. And they also give relief to my active squirrel brain, ha!

Young children and older adults seem to readily grasp the beauty of average present moments. The former are yet unburdened with the business and busyness of life. And the latter are wise to fewer days stretching ahead than behind; they no longer take any time for granted. 

Today’s 2-minute Coffee Break Story celebrates our present moments! If you’re new to these tiny tales, they’re short form reads, 5-minutes or less. You’ll find links to prior #coffeebreakstories below.

For now, refill your cup, sit back, relax, and enjoy!

present moments
Image by Artem Beliaikin

Present Moments Matter

Present Moments
Mary V's Happy Place

Coffee Story Wrap On Present Moments

We are served selected slices of other people’s stories all day long. It’s easy to get caught up in 24-7 cajoling to constantly be in motion with something exciting, admirable, or new. Sometimes, it makes our own ordinary days feel lacking. I don’t buy into that (any more), nor should you! 

Slow down. Breathe. Step mindfully into your day.

Focus on your commonplace present moments and you’ll start to treasure just how invaluable they are.

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Make room for this soulful contemplation of the ordinary by the extraordinary Eckhart Tolle. His calm delivery lowers my blood pressure!

Head here to catch up with the kickoff of Coffee Break Stories. 

And thanks for stopping by!

What’s Love Got To Do With It? Everything!

Serving up a coffee break story!

Where is the love? If you’re like me, you’re feeling the weight of way too much anger and grief headlining the news. It’s exhausting and incredibly frustrating to witness or read about rampant deep divisiveness and tragedy unfolding. The negativity is a weight on our collective souls.

Which is why I’m focused on being a positive influence in all my social engagements. My reach may not extend far. But I know I impact each person I encounter.

More than ever before, we need to share Love!

Without Love, we disengage and build barriers. Silos form. 

I don’t know anyone who can turn the current world trajectory around any time soon. But I do know that we can each take responsibility for how we as individuals interact with each other.

We can create little circles of love that begin rippling outward.

Won’t you join me?

Disclaimer: Today’s post is in no way intended as a political comment nor am I seeking political discourse here. Everyone is hurting. Everyone is troubled with the state of the world. Let’s focus on what we can do to soften the current mood. We can agree on that, no?

love sculpture

Every Day and Every Way, Love is the Answer

Love—Spread it!

Tag a friend

Tell a neighbor

Show a stranger

Set the example

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Love—Rep it!

Listen 

Learn

Respect

Forgive

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Love in a time of turmoil and change—What does it mean to you?

The Wrap on Community Love

In an ever-changing world that never stops spinning, remember: 

  • We are wired to be connected, not compartmentalized 
  • Our energy impacts each other
  • Our thoughts and beliefs fuel our words and actions
  • Circle back here for a short story on the art of conversation

"Unity is not something we are called to create; it's something we are called to recognize."

P. S. I highly encourage you to save 12 minutes this weekend & listen to Starla Fitch  —then you’ll know why I say to you, “sawubona” (I see you) ♥ and “sikhona” (I am here) ♥

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