Living In the Moment

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What does it mean to live in the moment? I try my best to live each day as a new day and not focus on what I could have done yesterday, or what I might be doing in the future—but it’s not always an easy task. “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present” Lao Tzu. I love this quote because it’s a good reminder about where I am focusing my time.

When you spend too much time in the past or future, you are blocking yourself from what the present has to offer. Those anxious and fearful feelings block you from moving forward in a positive way. I know this from experience and it’s an awful feeling to be paralyzed from fear and self-doubt. As crazy as it seems, the power of thought is everything! What we think has a huge impact on what happens in our life. When we focus on the good, the good has room to enter our life and create amazing experiences. It’s so easy to focus on the “what if.” What if I did that differently or what if this or that doesn’t work out tomorrow. Well “what if” it does!? Instead of focusing on things that are past or things that will probably never come to be, focus on the things you are grateful for and the amazing things that are happening in your life right now!

Why do we focus on the negative? Well, it’s because it comes so much easier. If we prepare for the worst, then we won’t be let down and hurt. But it has always puzzled me WHY the negative is easier! Why isn’t the positive easier?! It all comes down to fear—fear of living in the moment. Living in the moment requires us to let go and trust that everything is happening the way it should. This also requires us to relinquish control, which can be very scary. We think if we can control every situation, then nothing can go wrong. But that is not how life works. We can’t control anything in life. Life happens regardless of what we do. This is why we have to trust and enjoy life, instead of stress about what may or may not happen.

I feel blessed that I have my daughter as an amazing example of how to live in the moment. She takes things as they come, reacts, then moves on. The best thing we can do as adults is not to take life so seriously. Yes, we have responsibilities; yes, we have a lot of pressure in life; yes, there are days that we are just too overwhelmed to function. But this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t enjoy every second of the time we have on this earth. I have wasted so much time worrying about things that never happened and wishing I had done things differently. How has it changed anything? It hasn’t! So I have been trying to focus on what is right in front of me instead of what should have been or what could be. I’m tired of missing the everyday moments. I’m tired of wasting time on things that don’t matter. How will you decide to think about today?

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