“Be present. I would encourage you with all my heart just to be present. Be present and open to the moment that is unfolding before you. Because, ultimately, your life is made up of moments. So, don’t miss them by being lost in the past or anticipating the future.”
Full disclosure. I really struggle with being able to follow the wisdom provided in this quote. I don’t disagree with it at all, I just have a harding time actually following it. As a person that is deeply wired to be goal driven and future oriented I miss being in the current moment far too often. Being present is hard. It is easier to live in the future or get lost while revisiting the past.
20 years ago someone told me that if I “spent all my effort focused on the goal I would miss out on the learning and joy that comes from the journey itself.” This is so very true, and yet still so hard to do. But to be present is where the future is created. The moments we are in today are creating the future we want to have. The moments can be magic…