A couple walks outside

Love & Loss #71

A couple walks outside
A child grows into adulthood
Moments come and go

Anthony Nanfito, Haiku Ponderings

Pondering This Haiku

Human existence is an odd, paradoxical thing: it’s both finite and infinite. It’s composed of a near infinite number of moments that—when put together—create an entire life that is our existence, our essence, our being.

Yet, we don’t always honor these moments that comprise our being. In our modern, fast-paced, ‘tweet now, think later’ world it’s easy to miss out on the moments that really count. 

Slowing down and being present in the moment is something that I’ve been working on developing the past several years—a challenging, but worthwhile task. It’s not always easy, especially when a lot of the modern, technological world is specifically designed to hijack your brain’s attention and redirect it to something else—oftentimes toward something you might not actually need or want. 

But we do have the power to take back our attention with a few simple tactics. We can change our notification settings on our devices to make them less intrusive and attention-grabbing (or delete intrusive apps altogether). We can practice mindfulness habits, meditation, journaling, nature walks, … the list goes on and on. 

It’s not always easy to redesign our lives and we each have to do it in a way that suits our lifestyle, but the effects can change our life dramatically. If we take the time to redesign our life to move at a slower pace and have more control of our attention, then we’ll have more time to do the things we love and share moments with those we love.

It gives us time to appreciate what we have right in front of us. We can live an entire lifetime in a single moment—bringing us back to the paradoxical nature of human existence; we can make a finite amount of time feel infinite. It all starts with slowing down and pausing in those moments that come and go.

A Question for You to Ponder

What are the small moments in your day that you can share with those you love?

Share your answer in the comments below.


Book Promo for National Poetry Month:

The featured haiku in this post is from my haiku collection, Haiku Ponderings. This collection features over 100 haiku centered around the themes of Mindfulness, Compassion, Gratitude, Love & Loss, and Give & Forgive.

In celebration of (U.S.) National Poetry Month, my collection is discounted for a promotion price of $0.99 from Fri April 1, 2022 to Sat April 30, 2022 on the following retailers. Follow the link below to download your copy today!

Elephant statue in a garden waving hi to you

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A creative soul expressing himself thru sci-fi stories, haiku, & podcasts. Podcast 🎙 host of Blinded by Science & The Haiku Pond. Visit my website to explore my creations: anthonynanfito.com.

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