Think back to when you were a kid. Just after your awkward years, when you thought you really had discovered who you are. For me, this was probably about age 15. When you were that kid, what were you most worried about?
Now think about who you are today. What do you worry about most now?
I realized that for myself, any negative thoughts I had back then were pretty different than the worries I have now. And when I think about where I may be in ten years, I am pretty sure I will have very different problems than I do today.
My point is that our perspective on life changes. It happens slowly, but the way we view the world and ourselves shifts drastically over time.
So why can't we change our perspectives in the present? I think that we can.
I think that making small adjustments to behaviors and the way we assess situations and feelings can help to shift our priorities, our worries, and what makes us happy.
Am I getting to deep? Probably.
So lets talk about it with pancakes.
When I woke up, I asked myself - How do I feel this Sunday morning?
Sad the weekend is nearly over.
An overwhelming need to run off the beers I drank last night.
What will make this Sunday morning better?
Laughing about last night's ridiculousness.
A brisk Spring breeze.
Living in the present moment is one way we can shift our perspective. Regrets about the past and stress about the future hinder our ability to appreciate and enjoy what is in front of us now. Why feel guilty for overindulging? Why dwell on what the work week may bring?
Just eat the pancakes.
And smother them in peanut butter and Greek yogurt if that is what your heart tells you to do.
And savor every bite.
Here is the recipe for the most amazing pancakes I made this morning. These are my best-ever.
1/2 cup plan nonfat Greek Yogurt
3/4 cup almond milk
1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup instant oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
4 packets of Splenda
Just mix and griddle them up! Add more milk if you need too, I like my batter on the runny-side.