I constantly have something on my mind, and I feel like I’m not always enjoying the fun moments or the now. This is because I’m always thinking about other things and distracting myself with everything that happens in life. I’m often guilty of rushing through everything, and many times, I feel like I am a very impatient person. I’m guilty of running through life too quickly and not stopping to really enjoy it.
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Life goes by so fast, and I’m sure many of you are wondering how it’s already 2021. Your children are growing up, you may be finishing college, you may be feeling older, and so on. Life just goes by so quickly, y’all! My parents always said to embrace the day as it comes, but I didn’t realize the impact of their saying until I hit my early twenties.
Because of that, I just want to make sure I get to experience more of this beautiful world that we live in. I want to start enjoying it instead of being preoccupied by the things that are holding me back. I often catch myself looking for something else or something better, but why?
34 // THEREFORE DO NOT WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW, FOR TOMORROW WILL WORRY ABOUT ITSELF. EACH DAY HAS ENOUGH TROUBLE OF ITS OWN.Matthew 6
Are we constantly struggling because this moment is so present, so close and so commonplace? The present moment is so always here that we don’t notice it at all. The present moment is as familiar as faded wallpaper and as taken for granted as the ground beneath our feet.
Thoughts of yesterday can be full of excitement when we recall good events or our successes. Dreams of tomorrow contain the promise of future excitement when we look forward to only our future successes. By comparison, today is just so ordinary, so “just now.” Yet amazingly, the now is the miracle point in time where we exist and live. The now is where we move and have our very being. And still we get bored with the now.
WITH THAT BEING SAID,
In the quiet moments, I can be comfortable that I am where I’m supposed to be.
In the raw moments, I can be honest with myself and learn more about who I am currently and who I am becoming.
In the hard moments, I can know that things will be okay and to trust the process.
In the God moments, I can be reassured that He is on my side always.
We all know how hard, mundane or boring life can be sometimes, but my goal this year is to be present. To be more present in the present means to be thankful for the life I have now. I think it’s okay to dream about the future and to remember where the past has brought us, but to truly love the present is enjoy what season you’re in now.
ways to stay in the moment:
1. REMOVE UNNEEDED POSSESSIONS
Minimalism forces you to live in the present. Removing items associated with past memories frees you and allows you to stop living in the past. Once the past no longer has power, you can begin to live in the moment. I consider myself a minimalist in that I feel like I am constantly going through my closets, cleaning out my phone of old pictures or contacts and clearing my head of empty //. I think that it is okay to //, but to de-clutter your space or your mind really goes a long way.
2. FULLY APPRECIATE THE MOMENTS OF TODAY
Soak in as much of today as you possibly can – the sights, the sounds, the smells, the emotions, the triumph and the sorrow. These are in our daily lives but we often forget to take them in and truly appreciate them.
3. KEEP A GRATITUDE JOURNAL
Keeping a gratitude journal slightly goes hand in hand with #2, but I love keeping a journal for that very reason. Often times, we go about our day and forget even the things that happened two hours ago. With that being said, keep a writing list of things you are grateful for. Be mindful of things that are both big and small, like a house over your head, a coffee on the way to work or a nice glass of wine at the end of the day.
4. FIND JOY IN YOUR JOB
If you just “survive” the workweek constantly waiting for the next weekend “to get here,” you are wasting 71% of your life (5/7 days.) There are two solutions: find a new job that you actually enjoy, or find something that you appreciate about your current career.
5. DREAM ABOUT THE FUTURE, BUT WORK HARD TODAY
Dream big. Set goals and plans for the future. Working hard today is always the first step towards realizing your dreams tomorrow. Don’t allow dreaming about tomorrow to replace living in the moment. Dreaming about the future is only productive when combined with action taken today.
6. STOP WORRYING
You can’t fully appreciate today if you worry too much about tomorrow. Realize that tomorrow is going to happen whether you worry about it or not. Since worry has never accomplished anything for anybody, redirect your mental energy elsewhere.
7. THINK BEYOND OLD SOLUTIONS
Our world is changing so fast that most of yesterday’s solutions are no longer the right answers today. Don’t get locked into a “but that’s how we’ve always done it” mentality. Yesterday’s solutions are not today’s solutions and they are certainly not tomorrow’s solutions.
8. TAKE MORE PICTURES
Taking pictures for me has always been a way to live in the moments. I am able to look back on the day [or week] and have a mental picture of the small things that made my day so wonderful. I know there is a fine line of constantly having your //, but take pictures before those memories fade.
What ways do you feel the most present? How do you find yourself grounded in the moment? I would love to hear from you in the comments!