There are a lot of quotes and books even about being present. They’re all great in their own way. They stimulate thought and tell you why it’s important to breathe.
But, to me, it seems selfish sometimes to always be living in the moment. Stupid even given what we might be doing. Because it’s presented to us in a La La land way that doesn’t quite fit with our busy lives.
Plus, “I don’t have time for that!” we say.
However, I don’t believe we are doing it in the right way. Yes, we can do one thing at a time to ensure we’re doing it the best we can. That’s being present.
Is that what they’re telling us to do?
It’s like they, a lot of very smart people, are telling us to stop and smell the roses at the same time we’re chasing after very loud children to get ready for school. Or, take a moment while we clean the shower or empty the dishwasher.
Ahh no. I just want to get those things done and move on. That’s just life admin that needs to be done to have a clean and tidy household.
So I wonder if they’re just referring to being present in the nice moments. The moments when you’ve had time to go for a walk in nature or sit down and read. Those moments seem perfect for that. How often do we have those moments though? For a lot of people not many.
Then I had this idea about doing things we ‘used to do’ that we enjoyed. Like riding a BMX or a skateboard or roller skating. Whatever you used to do that you could do all day long if you had the chance.
And this is the statement I’m thinking will put you smack bang into the present and have you getting more joy from your life if you answer it from time to time.
There is no time like the present to ______.
What just came to mind for you? …
Fill in the blank with that. Did you smile? Giggle even at the thought of it. Yeah, you did.
I did when I first did it and now I’m planning to buy a new BMX so I can learn to do tricks on it again. That’s going to be so much fun. Being older though it will require shin pads and a helmet for sure!
Write that statement out and fill it in from time to time. That will not only be a good creative exercise for your brain it might get you back into something, or find something new you can be engaged and present in and get that joy back into your life.
There is no time like the present and there is no time like now 🙂
Have a great week.
Glenn from Spike.
P.S. The book list is coming soon. I redid it and it’s taken longer than I thought. Thanks for your patience.