I’ve been crazy busy trying to get it all done this May: daughter’s birthday, book deadline, a couple of other work assignments with pending due dates, vet appointments for the kitten, bills paid, presents purchased, orchestra concerts, soccer games, school carnivals — all good stuff. All fun stuff. I am exhausted, and a few times I felt myself pulled toward the waterfall of overhwelm and worry — how would I get it all done? But then I rooted myself in the moment and felt better.
When you are living in the present, you really don’t have time to worry about whatever is coming next. With a May filled with interesting and compelling events and activities and moments, I found myself fully aware and present and that is what kept me from losing my mind (or at least all of it) and that present-moment awareness is also what kept it fun.
When I am engaged in things that are interesting, things that matter to me, I am fully present. It’s easier to me immersed in the moment. When I volunteered to help at the school carnival, I focused only on that. I stepped into the experience and was able to experience it all that night. Same with my daughter’s birthday party. We had a few girls for a sleepover and while we were playing the games and cooking the pizza I was totally tuned in. Enjoying the moment and the funny conversations going on around me. Writing the book took all of my attention in the last days leading to the deadline. I was fully aware and focused on that task, when I was doing it. I was present.
As I wrote in previous posts, there is power when we are engaged fully in this moment right now. It feels good because because you see how bold and colorful life is when you give your attention to living it. Too often we (as in me) skip ahead. We plan and stew and worry and analyze what might happen. This month, I didn’t have a whole lot of time for that, I had to focus on what was happening and that felt better. When I project too far out, when I ruminate about all the stuff I had to do, I started freaking out. Not productive. Not fun. Not even healthy. One moment at a time — that’s a better approach.
A day is made up of seconds. They don’t come all it once and if you don’t take care the first, it forever alters the second.
What we have for sure, is NOW. This moment. This day. By living it and giving it our best, by being engaged and accountable to each moment, we not only feel better, less stressed more inspired, but we do better when the next moment arrives.
So, how will you do it? How will you live your life, right now?