How To Cherish The Moment Like Leo Babauta

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cherish the moment like Leo Babauta
I don’t read Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits often.

Blogger heresy, I know. But when I do, I’m always blown away.

Actually, this might be why I avoid his blog. Intimidation mixed with envy.

I happened to wander over to Zen Habits thanks to a link in another writer’s blog post.


The first post, “This Moment”.


In his post, Babauta encourages us to let go of worries, anxieties and fears for just a moment.

“Try this, for a minute: let all of that go for a moment, and just pay attention to the physical things around you right now. Your body, the light, sounds, the thing you’re sitting on, the things moving or sitting still around you. Don’t judge them against what they should be, but just observe what they actually are.”

And so I did.

I let go. I took a moment to appreciate the things around me for what they are.


The incredibly expensive (and ridiculously comfortable) office chair I’m sitting on – a gift from my parents.

The desk I put together with my own hands – in only 5 hours.

To the side of my desk, a stack of important notebooks.

The planner – my attempt at organization.

The prayer journal – my thoughts on God and life.

The stack of notes – my ideas waiting to be typed into something powerful.

And sitting on top, my work spiral – containing months of business plans and post ideas and random thoughts about God and life.


All representing how far I’ve come in less than 4 months.


From a cubicle and fluorescent lighting to a laptop at my kitchen table to an actual, functional (somewhat organized) desk.


I looked at my Texas Tech tissue box. I was so excited to have found it – the first cubicle decoration at my first official “big girl” job.

The Christmas card, monogrammed notepad and monogrammed letter opener – all gifts from my best friend.

A notepad with 2 Timothy 1:7 written on the side – another gift from an amazing woman and mentor when I lived in Lubbock.

My pen holder wrapped in red and zebra print ribbon – part of a care package from my loving mother.


So many little pieces of life have faded into each day so easily that I barely notice their existence.

And yet, together they represent so much. Where I’ve been and how far I’ve come. They hold so much hope about where the next year (and years after that) will take me.

I’m so blessed to be exactly where I am – sitting at my complicated desk with the upside-down bottom shelf.

“It is perfect, as it is.”

And so, I accept this moment. I cherish it.

“This is real, and it is wonderful.”


Photo Credit: Lisa Risager

Are you a fan of Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits? Will you take a moment to look around and appreciate what you have? Leave a comment with your experience!


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