It’s human nature to seek greener pastures and new opportunities. Dissatisfaction with the status quo is often the beginning of growth and innovation, and is an essential part of the creative process.

And, it can also mean an inability to fully appreciate the many gifts of your current situation.

I was recently re-watching the end of the TV series The Office, and I was struck by the comment made by Ed Helms’ character Andy Bernard.

“I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.” – Andy Bernard, The Office

As a perpetually forward-looking person, who often lives in his head and is thinking about the next big thing for my clients or my business, that comment struck me in a profound way, and I’ve since taken to occasionally saying to my self (or to my wife) “These are the good old days.” I want to make sure that I’m not so lost in my dreamworld that I lose sight of the fact that life is happening right now.

It’s easy to push through life, charging past commitment after commitment and project after project, and fail to mark moments. To recognize your health, your friendships, small business victories, or a great evening out with friends. Even when it’s tough, or when the world seems like it’s falling apart, or when it seems like things are not going the way you’d wish, don’t overlook the small moments of hope.

I’m making a practice in 2017 of recognizing the good old days, even as I’m living through some of them. I hope you will too.

 

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