Aug 232010
 

This was originally posted in January 2010 but it holds a certain value for me… and so I wanted to post it again as a reminder to myself…. 

 

When we put ourselves out there in the world, opportunities present themselves…more than you would think. Every day, if we pay attention, we will see that many doors are open for us to go through. It’s a matter of being aware, living in the moment. I think that so many of us spend our time thinking about the future, or living in the past, that we forget to check in with today. I’m guilty of it too. I have gotten better at living in the present, but sometimes it’s hard and I have to remind myself “Be Here Now”. Now is all we have. This moment, this experience, this day…it’s all we have.

When I remember to live my life in the moment, I am so much happier. I find that I am not wishing for what could have been, or what is to come. I am grateful for this day, and enjoy everything it has to offer. I notice the people around me, the beauty of the day. Much of our suffering comes from within. We make ourselves unhappy  because of how things turned out, or because we don’t have what we want. We are busy planning for a future that may or may not come to us. In doing this, we are not grateful for what we do have. I have shelter, I have love, I have family. I have a good job and food to eat. I have a car to drive. I have gadgets and gizmos that I find fun & entertaining.

I am taking this moment now to be happy and grateful for all that I have. I refuse to live in the past and I refuse to wish for things I don’t have. Don’t get me wrong – there are some things we have to plan for. But we can’t allow that planning to consume us so much that we forget to live today.
Being an adult is like looking both ways before you cross the street and then getting hit by an airplane.

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