You hear a lot these days about "mindfulness" and I have to say that I am a big proponent of the practice. It is good training to learn mental discipline.
The part of mindfulness that I totally agree with is the entire idea of "living in the moment." I don't mean that you forget the past or don't prepare for the future. What I am saying is that you should always do your best to be totally present in the moment that you are living right now.
Comic icon George Carlin used to do an entire routine based on the idea of the passage of time. Someone asks you what time it is. Do they mean when they asked or when you looked at your
watch? Time never stops flowing. By the time they asked, you looked, and you answered, three events have come and gone, never to happen again...and that is time that is gone from your life forever! So do you think it may be worth paying attention to what is happening at that moment?
It is a sad fact of life that people today are busier than ever but report lower feelings of accomplishment and happiness. How could this be? It is very simple: they are spending their time on things that don't matter.
Have you ever had your wife, husband, kids, or a friend try to talk to you but your mind was somewhere other than in that particular moment? Maybe the conversation wasn't that majorly important, but that is time that you could have spent connecting, which is priceless!
When you think about it, was playing a video game or replaying an argument you had last week really worth losing that time?
People, we are not guaranteed tomorrow! There is no promise anywhere that we will draw one more breath. The only guarantee we have is the here and now! We only have this moment, this fraction of a second, and what we can gain from it.
My challenge for you this week:
Eliminate distractions that will help you free your time to live in the moment.
Take time this week to ask yourself: what in your life is keeping you from living in the moment and squeezing every second of joy possible from it?
Are you wasting time holding on to old grudges, repeating words or events that are gone and can never be changed? List these past experiences and forgive yourself for not letting them go sooner.
Are you wasting your time on frivolous activities that keep you away from what really matters in life? List those activities and decide to re-purpose this valuable time.
List the new things you want to experience by living in the moment.