“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…
I have been thinking about whether I am focused on the journey or the destination. Also how do you balance between keeping focus on your goals, looking forward and still grab all the joy and experience of each day. Going to try and look daily plan and purpose, working on small increments and then at days end rewind with thoughts on what i experienced and learned. Sounds so easy.
Thanks for doing this. It is inspirational and a bkessing.
Thanks Karl. It does sound easy, yet is so hard to execute. I like where your head is on this. Similar to something I use with my daily planner and active recap journal at the end of each day.