Life is filled with beauty that we often take for granted. We take snapshots of the beautiful things we see in our lives and save them to our phones, not realizing that one day we’ll have to delete them to make room for other snapshots. Whether it’s the new view from our bedroom window or the time we spent with a loved one, it’s important to savor all the beauty life has to offer because you never know when you’ll get another chance to experience it again.
We Are Wasting So Much Beauty in Our Lives
We are literally surrounded by beauty in nature and all around us, yet we take so much for granted. We just go through our daily lives without seeing and appreciating what’s right there. So one day I decided to stop and take a look at my surroundings as if I was seeing them for the first time, with wonder. And it’s hard not to be awed by all that is beautiful in life when you do that: from tiny microbes, to unusual plants, and everything else in between. In fact, I started documenting my findings on a Tumblr called Unusual Beauties which made me notice even more how so many people live their lives with blinders on.
We Waste Our Time
As human beings, we have a knack for wasting time. We procrastinate on things that we don’t want to do, or on things that are just plain uncomfortable. Even if you succeed in avoiding negative-structure situations (in other words, you do what you need to do and get it over with), most people still tend to waste a lot of time doing nothing productive at all.
We Waste Our Opportunities
In life, we are gifted with many opportunities. We need to take them and make them count. It can be hard to let go of what is comfortable and familiar, but it’s even harder to look back on your life and regret all that you missed out on because you were afraid to try. Don’t waste your precious moments. Reach for a dream, pursue a passion, or jump into new adventure with both feet. Be prepared for some bumps along the way but don’t forget that failure leads to learning and if you don’t risk anything you won’t get anything in return! So what are you waiting for?
We Waste Money
Why do we spend money in ways that don’t actually benefit us? It’s not just a matter of having no willpower or self-control. Instead, many behavioral economists say our brains are tricked into thinking that such spending has more value than it does. For example, if we waste money on some item at Starbucks—say, a $5 cup of coffee—we can feel good about ourselves because we’re doing something beneficial for society: supporting job growth and small businesses (thanks for your part in all that). And studies have shown that people tend to prefer products with a story attached to them—it makes us feel good about ourselves as consumers when we know our purchasing behavior helps out others.
We Waste Space
Space can be wasted in a variety of ways. Many times we waste space in our homes because we don’t have enough of it, such as having too much junk and not enough room to store it. Other times we waste space by simply not using all available space to its fullest potential. We also waste space when we aren’t efficient with our time, or when certain tasks take up more than they should and leave us with less time for other tasks. To avoid these scenarios, use these tips to help your life run more smoothly by eliminating wasted space.
We Waste Attention
Society seems to be obsessed with productivity. It’s become a badge of honor for us to check things off our lists, and it feels like we need to be killing it at work all day. But in our quest for productivity, we waste valuable time spent thinking about what is truly important: our families, communities, and values. Instead of spending all day thinking about how little time we have left to spend with those that matter most, why not make more time? And rather than spending all your attention on something that doesn’t matter as much as you might think (work), why not allocate some time and attention towards something that matters greatly? Our energy is limited and we need to think carefully about how we want to use it.
We Waste Talents and Skills
What is it that makes us squander our talents? Are we just lazy or is there something deeper than that? What if we’re not even aware that we are failing to utilize our unique gifts? We all know someone who does something better than anyone else. Maybe they aren’t famous, but their life would be so much more enjoyable if they embraced their inherent abilities. Have you ever let your uniqueness go to waste without realizing what a remarkable thing you had? Make sure you don’t do that today. You might be amazed at how much happier and fulfilled you will be when you step out of your comfort zone and into using those incredible gifts that only you have!