|stop and smell the flowers|
I remember that when I started to read about personal and spiritual development, one thing I found shocking was the great importance of concentrating on just one thing at a time. This was in conflict with the social discourse of that moment according to whom multitasking was a sign of competence and excellence. I remember my friends always had new exploits related to this issue to brag about and me too: we liked to think that we could do a trillion things at once without turning a hair. But of course, this was not totally true, we were paying a high price without knowing it, at least I was doing it...
So when I first read about it I decided to give it chance because the idea resonated with me deeply. Soon I understood, that I was right because multitasking, which was only a symptom of many other things that were not going right, was depleting myself and causing a sort of depersonalization in which my identity seemed to be unreal
Indeed, my habits of making lots of things, being always in a rush and in search of new ways to show my merits, wanting to achieve more in order to obtain everyone approval and so on, were making me living a life that was not as pleasant as I thought first, maybe because I was missing many important, yet not so visible, aspects of my life
When I started to practice mindfulness (which obviously is not compatible with many of my previous attitudes and behaviors), I started to notice things as they were, including many things I usually took for granted. This helped me to discover that I had the opportunity of choosing happiness by paying attention to my own life and also realized that this was the only shortcut to bliss
From that moment on, I started to become aware of the great importance of living life´s little moments and enjoying their amazing beauty