By Adrienne Credo, Regular Contributor
Do you ever sit still for a moment and let your mind wander, basking in the paths your mind goes to? I love being still. Seeing speckles of dust grab my attention in the morning when the sun shines through the window and allowing myself free reign to where my mind wanders is probably one of the most soothing experiences I often take for granted.
In these moments of being still, I reflect on my life and the innumerable blessings that grace it. I see how far I have come from the person I was, and I see the person I am capable of becoming. I see the mistakes that have made me stronger, and I see the opportunities I have taken in order to better myself. But most of all, I see the beauty in the world around me and the promise of a better tomorrow.
When the dawn’s light peers through our windows, we are blessed with another day of being thankful for what we have. The birds chirping remind us that we are not alone. The morning air’s crispness gives us the power we need to go through the day. Being still for a moment out of our day encourages us to reflect on what is and less on what is not. We are able to understand ourselves on a deeper level, no matter the length of time we allow ourselves to be still. We are heartened by the love that surrounds us every day of our lives. We are inspired to pursue our dreams and take steps towards them. The paths our minds take in order to understand our deeper desires allow us to reflect on the people we have become.
I believe in the power of our minds and the authority we have on not only what happens in our lives, but how we perceive it. Each moment in our lives, whether we want it to or not, has shaped us to be the person we are today. I believe in habitually reminding myself of what was, what has become, and what will become of my life because it pushes me to strive for a better version of myself. Being still allows me to acknowledge these aspects of my life, which is why I let myself be still whenever my mind wanders. I believe that in the moments of stillness, we are able to see our greatness. We are able to see our lives for what we have, not what we do not have. We are able to accept the life we have and decide to live it to the fullest extent.
So be still. Let your mind wander. Get distracted by your surroundings instead of being wrapped up in social media, homework, or responsibilities. Let yourself breathe and contemplate the life you are living. Know that in these moments of being still, you are living.
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Adrienne is an undergraduate at University of California, Irvine studying Criminology, Law and Society with a minor in International Studies. She is also a passionate photographer (you can check out her work below!). She loves watching TV shows like Chicago PD (shout out to Sophia Bush!) and Law & Order: SVU with her roommates and creates funny videos with her friends. Check out some of her photographs on Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/123906482@N03/ Follow Adrienne on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ayjaycee and on Instagram: http://instagram.com/a.credo for more!
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