In life there is so much to look forward to, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, a job promotion, future vacation plans and many more exciting things. All wonderful things to look forward to, but do we ever find ourselves looking so far ahead that we forget to live in the now and miss exciting things that are happening in the moment? Do we ever miss the gems of today?
It is a great thing to prepare for tomorrow, but it is also great to make sure that we enjoy the blessings of today. We must celebrate the day every chance we get, because the present is most certainly a gift to cherish. Your preparation for the future could very well be your gem to celebrate as my previous blog post, enjoying the grind, suggests, but just make sure your thoughts aren’t so buried into the future that you almost feel like you missed today.
A young lady may be preparing for a big race, and preparation is key in order for her to be successful. If she focuses more on what she can do today for her preparation verse spending all her thoughts, energy and time on how big the race is and becoming fearful or nervous, she would be able to allow herself to get the most out of her preparation.
For instance, a young man may want to start a clothing line, and when you think about all the things that are involved in owning a clothing store, one may get overwhelmed. But, if he breaks the tasks down and only focuses on one task at a time, he will be able to complete it properly and in a timely manner. Most times focusing on too many things can allow for procrastination and things taking longer than they should.
Another example of this could be a parent attending their child’s football game, and the parent is buried in their phone, planning for tomorrow or work assignment, but completely misses any great play their child had. Spend time on things you can control and that is what is going on in the present.
Sometimes we all just have to take a step back and enjoy the flowers. Sometimes, things go longer as planned, but that offers a longer opportunity to enjoy what is given to you. I am completely guilty of not always focusing on the now. Out somewhere while suppose to be enjoying the event, but thinking about all the things I have to do. Missing out on a great experience that can create great memories, and not allowing my full attention and energy to be involved in an opportunity that was set-up for me, that I decided to attend, that now that I am there have no more control over the work I may have to do because I cannot complete it at the event anyways.
A spin off of this is someone thinking about the past, and not being able to enjoy what’s going on today. Some individuals will also make others that they are interacting with today pay for what has happened in the past. Not realizing that every situation is new, now that doesn’t mean you don’t approach a situation with wisdom, just don’t let past hurts create new fears of today.
A young lady may have had many business failures or failures in general and comes scared in every decision that she makes for her future goals. She must realized that every situation is new and its’ own. Now, keep in we must use wisdom, but some only think about how things have turned out for them in the past when dealing with current and new situations.
Live in the now, enjoy the company of others, focus your thoughts and energy on today or an outing you plan to attend. Take time to relieve yourself from the stress and worries of the world sometimes.
I challenge you, to start being intentional about living in the now, paying much attention to the situation and experiences that you are in. If you already do this, that is wonderful!