As I creep up there into the red zone of my existence here on earth, the lessons are all around me, including this one.
This moment, right now, could be the happiest moment of my life and I could end up not realizing it.
This revelation occurred to me the other night when I told Alexa to play “Heroes”, by David Bowie. As I drifted off into the familiar lyrics, I remember that it was popular on the radio station where I was working at the time, KQOT. We’re talking a little Day-Timer (yes, we turned off the station at night) that I haunted from May of 1977, through early 1979. At the time, I might have been earning $500 a month, was playing the hits and running a radio station, doing dances to earn extra money over the weekend and generally having fun. At the time, had you asked me if I was having fun, I would have probably said, “Eh. OK.”
But in looking back at that time which is now 43 years ago, I didn’t realize how much freedom I had, how much opportunity I was surrounded with and how much I was truly in the driver’s seat of my career.
As much as I am now.
All it took to realize that clarity was to realize just how much I had at the time, that I really didn’t appreciate. The same could be said about today, except that I have learned a little bit along the way. You can be in the “now”, thinking about all the things that don’t make this the ideal point of your life—OR, embrace what’s working and build on that. It’s what you unconsciously do anyway, but you don’t realize it until after the moment has passed.
Seriously, you’ve got some good going on in your life. Focus on that, realize just how much positive there is in your life, so you can enjoy it NOW instead of realizing it years from now.
At which point, you could also be happy, if you just take the take to realize just how much good there is around you.
It’s entirely possible that the happiest moment of your life is right now.