You don’t have to be a derivatives trader to lead a frenetic life. Many so-called everyday people are deluged with information, bear enormous responsibilities, and find themselves at their wits’ end.

Yet even if you’re walking the streets of a mega-metropolis, you can still raise your eyes and see the vast sky above. Sometimes it’s enough to take a deep breath and remind yourself that you are surrounded by miracles. As a quick example, think about the unfathomable intelligence that keeps all your organs, the 20 trillion cells in your body, operating and communicating with one another so that your life doesn’t suddenly end.

I’ve often let concerns about the future displace what I now see as an important goal, namely, experiencing a certain delight in the present moment—simply because, well, it’s so undeniably here. I’m no stranger to the message: there’s no time to enjoy life right now; can’t you see there are more important things to do?

Still, over the years, I’ve developed a taste for stepping back. I’ve learned that it’s possible to create a gap, even a small one, which allows me to change my point of view and prevents the trench warfare of day-to-day affairs from tyrannizing me.

Just say no. Use deliberate, cold-blooded compartmentalization to carve out moments you can enjoy. Gradually cultivate an inner voice that tells you, “Stop! You need to gain some perspective here!” It will take practice. You can’t develop an important skill overnight. But since shifting your perspective inevitably provides a benefit, you might have this tool at your disposal sooner than you’d expect.

At a minimum, ask yourself whether you have too many tabs open. Go ahead and shut down a few programs. Make it an act of will to shift from worry to wonder.

Start off modestly. Take small steps.

Author Cindy Holbrook puts it very succinctly: Take the time to see the beauty around you. There’s more to life than work. Take time to smell the roses, watch a sunset or sunrise with a loved one, take a walk along the seashore, hike in the woods, etc. Learn to live in the present moment and cherish it. Don’t live in the past or the future.

Don’t let anyone prevent you from stopping to enjoy the moment. Don’t let them tell you there’s no time for that.

This post was taken from “Inspirational Quotes about Life.”