On Awareness

What I learned by slowing down one evening…

Aaron Charles
2 min readApr 21, 2016


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I don’t write enough.

What I do write isn’t good enough.

I don’t work hard enough.

I’m falling behind.

I’m missing out.

All those thoughts went through my mind today. I’ve thought some of them before.

I came home and had an amazing dinner cooked by my amazing wife. We went to a local park and played tennis. We had a great time.

Those thoughts were still going through my mind.

Then I sat down. I looked around the living room of our apartment. I breathed.

Things aren’t so bad. In fact, they’re really good. Life is really good. So why was I struggling with such negative thoughts?

It’s called tunnel vision.

For a few quiet minutes, I took off the blinders and chose awareness. I’m going to try to make it a regular habit.

I want to remind myself of how good it feels to see my wife celebrate hitting a winner down the line. I want to think about how blessed I am to work with amazing people. I want to remind myself that I have a family that loves me.

I feel at peace. I wish the same for you.

Choose awareness.

Aaron Charles is a writer and marketing account executive from Indiana. You can connect with him on Twitter, Medium or Instagram. Aaron and his wife Sarah run a Medium publication called Cooking With Sarah that documents their weekly cooking adventures.

Thanks for reading! I encourage you to go spend some time in quietness and reflection yourself. Life isn’t always as fast as we make it out to be. Wishing you all the best.



Aaron Charles

Christ-follower. Husband to @SarahLCharles. Simple moments hold great power. Connect with me at my website: www.aarondcharles.com