Meaningful Mondays: Focus on what is important to you today

Focus on you today

It is July and this month on Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond it is all about putting the focus on YOU!  In my previous post 31 days to focus on YOU I outlined my plan for this month’s theme and the topics I would be writing about.

Where is your Focus?

Recently I read a post by Debbie Harris at Deb’s World and it was titled ‘Where is your focus – in front or behind?’

That blog title started me thinking and then the universe must have been speaking to me because I then read a post by Roxanne Jones on her blog Boomer Haiku, ‘Ever say ‘I can’t wait until I’m old enough too’….’ which had a great quote:

Focusing on the future. we tend to ignore today. Be here, be now.

Both of these posts reminded me that having a focus is important but also as we age being focused on what makes us happy and contented in life TODAY rather than YESTERDAY or TOMORROW is even more important.

Too often we focus on what we want to do in the future or we are fixated on something from our past that we just can’t let go of.  We might look back and think of how much time we wasted on worrying about things – especially those things we had no control of.

Let’s not wish our life away and not enjoy today.

This year I’m really trying to focus on the here and now. Sure I have goals I’m working towards and I love planning our trip which we are taking in October. We are going to Spain and Italy and I’m really looking forward to it.  Some days I say ‘oh I can’t wait’ and that is fine to feel excited and feel the anticipation.

But what a wasted life if we let days pass without finding something beautiful in them.

Focus on something that brings you joy each day

My darling grandson Ethan, who is 3 years old really shows me how to enjoy the moment.  I’ve learned so much from this little guy. Each week we spend the day together and time stands still.  We find enjoyment in laying down and watching the clouds, looking at the Rainbow Lollikeets (as he calls them) (Rainbow Lorrikeets) who are chirping in the tree outside of his bedroom window.

He shows me how to use my imagination as he takes me into his world of dinosaurs or pirate ships or construction sites or using swimming goggles as binoculars to ‘bird watch’.

He brings me joy but also I take the time to find joy in simple every day things:

  • Roses and flowers in general – I love the perfection of a rose in full bloom, the perfume, the colours.  Sunflowers that just shout ‘happiness’.
  • My morning ritual of feeling thankful and grateful and welcoming each day in a more relaxed way.
  • Running and exercise – I feel alive after a good workout and spending time with my Saturday Sisters who are my friends and good for my soul.
  • The beauty and wonder of nature
  • My evening ritual with my husband as we share a pre-dinner drink and then prepare dinner together
  • Visiting my MIL at her aged care facility and seeing the faces of the residents light up because my husband and I say ‘hello’.  It doesn’t take much to make someone’s day.

Nothing to set the world on fire but important parts of my life and well-being.

What brings you joy TODAY?

What do you want to focus on TODAY?

I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas so leave me a comment below.

Have a beautiful day my friends, and make the most of doing something just for YOU!

 

Let’s Keep Sizzling!

 

 

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23 thoughts on “Meaningful Mondays: Focus on what is important to you today

  1. Leslie Clingan

    Oh, Sue. I am truly enjoying this series. I am thinking of doing a post about what our grandbabies can teach us. Would you want to join in? On the drive home from seeing Lucia this weekend, I was thinking of all the things my baby girl teaches me about life each time we are together. I think she is wiser and more insightful than I am sometimes.

    I truly try to find beauty and joy in everyday. That is one reason I like to do the Instagram photo challenges. They make me more aware of my surroundings as I seek to photograph the day’s prompt.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes I would love to join in Leslie. I have learned so much from my darling grandson. I’ve started the instagram challenge as well and hope I can keep it going for the month. x

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  2. Pat

    I watch a four year granddaughter occasionally and I love all we do together. She really loves to spend time with my husband and I and helps to keep us active and young. I also love exploring new places in Colorado as I’ve only lived in this state four years and there is so much to see and do here. I am always planning a local trip and look forward to that all the time. I’m also part of a few neighborhood clubs and that keeps me active. I am truly never bored and love retirement!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh Pat you certainly don’t sound bored at all with all of your activities – I love it! Grandchildren are such a joyful part of life aren’t they? They do keep us active and young. Have a beautiful day and I hope you have something special planned. x

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  3. Donna

    I love this reminder to focus on the present. That is so important at every age — especially in our midlife. Thank you also for sharing your list of what personally brings you joy — it was very inspiring!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      It isn’t easy Donna but sometimes I really try. Yesterday, I spent the day with my grandson. It is Winter in Brisbane and they had a snow exhibition (we would never get snow here). We had such fun building a snowman and playing in the snow. The world stood still for 4 hours it was wonderful! x

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      We all have to remind ourselves Jennifer so you aren’t alone there! I love watching fireworks with children and listening to them ‘oooh and aaah’ such joy. Hope you had a fabulous 4th July xx

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  4. Jan Wild

    Another great post you clever sizzler! It is so important to be in the present moment, for me life just drifts by if I don’t allow mindfulness. Like you I love to have things to look forward to and indeed to remember joyful moments from the past, but really it is only in the present moment that we can create change.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Thank you Jan! It is hard not to get carried away with looking forward to our holiday in October but we do need to appreciate something from each day don’t we? Have a lovely weekend Jan x

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  5. Sara Beth

    Hi, Sue.
    Oh, those little ones, we learn a lot from them.
    I smile every time I see little ones.
    They are proof that the world isn’t all bad.
    The exemplify the term “Be Happy, Don’t Worry”.
    Yesterday sitting out on the patio after my workout I caught the sight of a squirrel in a tree. (at the very end of a long branch)
    He/she was making loud noises so I walked over to see what he was up to.
    I asked if he was okay and each time I did he looked at me and got quiet.
    It was a lovely moment.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      They are so gorgeous aren’t they Sara. I remember seeing a squirrel for the first time in London as we don’t have them in Australia and they were so darn cute! have a lovely weekend Sara and thanks for stopping by. x

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  6. Charlotte

    This is such a fantastic idea! So often we are focused on the negatives in our lives and they can really drag us down! It’s important to focus on the things that matter! So thanks for the reminder

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  7. Wendy | The Art of "Why Not?"

    Hi, Sue! I love that you and your husband have an evening ritual. I really enjoy the evenings I get to just sit outside with my husband and spend time talking. And you and I must be on the same page lately, because I just wrote about learning to be content in the moment last week. 🙂 It’s so easy to miss today while we are planning for tomorrow.

    I am really enjoying this series, by the way! 🙂

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      It is a lovely way to finish the day Wendy isn’t it?. I saw you post and loved it. Thanks for stopping by and I’m very happy you are enjoying the series. 🙂

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  8. Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle

    Being here in the now, your words are so true. Appreciating the little things brings joy. Yesterday I took my husband on a walk that I chose, so simple but we enjoyed every minute finding lovely flowers trees and pretty little waterways etc.
    Kathleen.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh how lovely Kathleen. I find it difficult to get my hubby to go for a walk but it can really be a great time to connect with each other and also keep fit. Have a beautiful week, my friend. x

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