24 brand new hours

Mindful (adj) – having in mind; attentive, aware, heedful, or careful.

I’ve been thinking lately about what it means to live mindfully, being attentive to and aware of the people, places, and events that comprise my every day life. My life isn’t exciting—in fact, it is usually so routine that one could set the time by when I leave for work in the morning and when I return home at the end of the day. I’m usually so caught up in that routine, in the must-be-done matters of the day, that I miss (or worse, ignore) the more meaningful sights, sounds, pleasures that are part of every day. So, at least for today, this is the promise I make to myself:

Waking up this morning, I smile,
Twenty four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment
and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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