I recently read a fantastic book that looks at the personal philosophies of remarkable men and women in the compilation of essays entitled “This I Believe”. I read this book as a part of my book club and when we gathered our hostess asked if anyone had written their own “This I Believe”. As much as I hate writing I forced myself to sit down on the afternoon of our meeting and write my own personal philosophy on life and I actually surprised myself at how profound it was! This is my essay:
This I Believe
I believe in being present in life. To have the ability to notice the little things in life make it incredibly enjoyable.
While in collie I had a assignment to walk a certain route in Detroit that is almost always driven. Myself and two other students walked for miles after having driven the same route a few times. It was amazing to see what we missed in the car flying past everything. The training I gained in architecture school taught me to notice specific details in the built world around me. But, I realize it created more…
Being present to see the beauty of a random baby smiling at me or noticing the song bird that shows up every morning at the same time brings a joy to life that I think some people miss out on.
Whatever comes from my life I want to look back on it knowing that I saw as much as I could. I don’t mean going places and doing things, I mean really seeing what’s around me… being present!!
The other essays in this book really made me think about life differently and helped me create my own philosophy on life. I’d love to hear your own personal philosophies on life and be lifted up by your words and your lives! Leave a comment below and one random person will be chosen to win a straw from me. A winner will be announced on Monday, June 17, 2013.