We leave a few footsteps in the sand, we pause a moment to reflect, to make sense of where we've been, and then we charge ahead.
Sunday, March 4, 2018
Live in the moment," they say.
If we did that we would be
Well, that's it.
No action, no movement.
Whoops, that moment’s gone, now we are into
Here is a treat, sorry it isn't a real one.
I'd give it to you if I could..
One of my readers, visiting Costa Rica, wrote:
“It is the Journey! Oh, and the palm trees, coconuts, ice cream,
Galo pinto, beautiful people, hummingbirds, frogs, blue ocean, surfer dudes and gals, shops, flowers, walks on the
beach, rum, sunshine, birds
.... Pura Vida! (The national
Sounds like heaven.
One could say that Greg is in the moment,
experiencing all those things, but I know he planned before he got there. He
has a purpose, too.
The journey moves, it flows, it
changes color, it has lyrics, a rhythm, a cadence, a flow.
First, the thought, then the action, and then
Christiane Northrup M.D. says if you interview
centenarians the world over you will find they have an eye to the future.
So let’s get a grip here. We can’t just throw
out clichés like “Live in the moment.”
It, like many axioms, is too simplified.
Smart Alex's tend to beat us over the head with them.
“Smell the roses along the way.” Yes, I
agree with that. Yes, enjoy that moment, however rarely can one sustain that
idea of being in the moment all the time.
Moments come, they go, they fly away like the
geese I hear honking overhead.
If we are so caught up in the injuries of the
past that we can’t stop talking about them, we cannot enjoy the now.
If we are thinking about what we are going to
say while someone is speaking to us, we cannot hear their message.
If we ruminate over why life doesn’t seem to
be working, we push away the fact that it can.
That’s what I think living in the moment
means. Don’t let the past or fear of the future contaminate the now.
Those infamous “They” say that dogs live in
the moment. Pretty much, but they anticipate, and have anxiety, just like us. But, when they are happy they exude joy. That’s
where we can get our inspiration, grab those moments.
We all have had times when we are truly present—in a discussion that excites us,
listening to a really great motivational speaker, reading a book, at the movies, plays, sports events, or doing a work that
drives us to new heights, one where we enter the “No- time- zone,” I so much
enjoy. For me, that is writing. I guess I am in the moment during
that endeavor. ( One writer, I wish I knew who wrote this: "I am
a writer like a dog is a dog. That doesn't mean I am a good dog.")
What do you think? Do you have a “No time
Zone?” Are you a good dog?
One thing to remember: “Most of the
things we feared never happened.”
I trust that here on your
journey, you will read what you need to read, connect with whom you are meant to connect, and see all you are supposed to see.
Carry on. Be happy.