Story . Verse 11 “Pause”

Don’t be in such a hurry. Take a moment and bask in the glory of your accomplishments, both great and small.
Who among us is not in a rush to do something great, to feel the power of accomplishing something special. But take a moment and think. How often, upon the completion of some task do you stop and take a moment to just be grateful for the experience? Do you find yourself simply lining up the next errand, goal, mission? I certainly do.

Part of the reason those driven to succeed, as well of those beaten down by the pressures of life, both don’t feel satisfied at times, is that there is a terrible miscalculation of what success truly is.

Last night I pulled an all-nighter executing a photoshoot airside at one of Canada’s largest and busiest airports. What was supposed to be a 3-hour shoot ending at 3 a.m. went on until after 6. By the time I dropped off my assistant and the model, I ended up walking in my door at 7 a.m. Though completely exhausted I felt incredibly amplified. I had achieved that great and incredible feeling that comes with accomplishment.

As I stepped out of the shower, daylight had already begun to pierce my windows, and I could feel a great joy as I embarked on taking in the good sleep I so rightfully earned.

A mere 4-hours later I awoke still completely and utterly exhausted but content. Then something weird, but very familiar happened. I began thinking about what I needed to do next. My mind was flooded with thoughts of incomplete to do’s, errands, etc. I tried to push myself into active mode. And then it hit me like a rolling wave crashing down on my consciousness. I need to stop, wait a minute, and smell the proverbial roses.

Success in life is not in how many tasks I can complete, or the accolades, or finances earned. There is something even greater and even more easily achieved than all of that; contentment. Success is in each moment we experience while doing something that gives us joy.

Last night I experience comradery with airport staff, creativity with the model, an opportunity to mentor and teach something new to my assistant, and appreciation for a fantastic design of a custom installation.

I long for moments of sheer delight such as these and yet I do not take much time to bask in the light of them. I don’t often just live in the contentment.

I have always known that joy is in the doing, the action, but often forget to hold a space for gratitude in the completion.

Give your Self a break the next time you paint a masterpiece, figure out a complicated mathematical calculation, come up with an excellent idea, make someone laugh, or simply have a great time at the grocery store picking up every item on your list. If something you accomplish gives you joy, it is worthy of a moment of appreciation and gratitude.

Be grateful for every small gift and mercy granted in the experiencing of peaceful moments. See them as successes and suddenly, poetically, and amazingly you will find you are accumulating the types of wins that build you up and will most certainly magnetize a world of even more joyful achievements into your life.

I choose to pause and bask in the joy of my accomplishments, great and small. Who is with me?

The conversation begins.

Robert Young
Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 12:38pm