During my divorce I found it hard to stay in the moment.
I would catch my mind in constant thought: either looking back at the past, or worrying about the future, but rarely in the present.
One day, one of my program friends said, “Don’t you see? You’re straddling the fence of time. One foot in the past, one foot in the future, while you are ignoring the present. Take a moment… and enjoy the “present” view.”
I started to think about how often during the day I was living in my head and focused on a different time.
How often I was mulling over past events that I had no control over: those events had already happened. There was absolutely nothing I could do about it now.
And the future? That was taking up space in my head as well… but it wasn’t helping me to worry about the unknown.
I had to make a conscience effort every day to stay in the moment.
I knew that I had to spend time doing the footwork to move through my past and prepare for the future but… I had to also fight to stay focused on the fact that the present is all we have and the moments held within it are precious… not to be wasted… not to be overlooked.
We must find joy in the day, embrace the people who surround us, walk with us, during our trying times.
The simplicity of a moment: a beautiful sky, an ocean breeze, a walk with a good friend, a kiss from those we love, the small gifts of the present are more valuable then we realize and are too often overlooked as we struggle on our path.
Life is fleeting, and to waste precious time on what we can no longer change, and what we cannot possibly know, is to short change ourselves from all of the unexpected joys the present brings.
The “present” truly is a “gift” to appreciate.
“Dear God, help me to stay in the moment. To find gratitude in the smallest things. I am thankful for the time I have on this Earth. Help me to appreciate these precious moments of my day-to-day life.”