As in the words of the famous song by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, “What’s it all about, Alfie? Is it just for the moment we live?” Our life is made up of lots of moments strung together. Some moments are good, some moments are bad, and sometimes, it is our choice how we perceive them.
I have just been down in Mooloolaba for a late breakfast by the beach. It’s a beautiful day and lots and lots of people are out and about enjoying the day. A short time earlier, ‘Whale One’ (previously owned by Steve Irwin of Australia Zoo fame) was just off the front of the beach, along with a number of other boats, so I presume there were whales to be seen. As I watched all the people on the beach, in the water and in the cafes, I thought to myself, ‘What’s it all about?’
No doubt all these people here today, as most of us probably, have worries and concerns taking priority in their lives. They may be problems with a relationship, health worries, they may have recently lost someone, job concerns – how many of us are in a job we don’t really enjoy, simply to bring in the money to live? But all of these people, here today, in this moment, have chosen to take advantage of the beautiful day and come to the beach – to swim in the water, or paddle in the rock pools, feel the sun on their backs, the breeze on their skin. Maybe to enjoy a leisurely brunch, followed by a stroll along the beach or window shopping in the boutiques. Whatever their reason for being in Mooloolaba today, they are enjoying THE MOMENT. They have put aside their worries, problems, angst and chosen to enjoy what they are doing NOW.
If only we could feel like that all the time! Here’s an idea for you – maybe we can!
Next time you are at your work desk feeling bored or frustrated, or in a situation that is making you feel low, or full of angst, think about those moments, or more specifically, one particular moment, when you were able to put aside these feelings and just enjoy life! If you can bring that feeling to what you are doing now, in your times of frustration, you may lighten your spirits a little, and it will make you think that life is worthwhile after all.
THAT’S what it’s all about, Alfie.
- Falling for the food scene in Mooloolaba (happycamperproject.com)