Consider the following:
• Children at play
• A teenager… or the young at heart, jamming at a rock concert
• A fan at a sporting event
• A couple holding hands, walking down the beach, enjoying a full moon
• Mother Teresa helping the poor and destitute
• An athlete running a marathon
• A man gone fishin’
• A family having dinner together, sharing stories and enjoying the evening
• A composer diligently writing a song
• A woman who is lost in her work
• An elderly man taking care of his sick wife.
• Parents raising their children together
Each situation above represents a person, or a group of people, who have fallen in love with the moment they’re in… and by doing so, have not only found, but are completely submerged in The Present Moment.
Why do we assume that something so natural as living in The Present Moment must be difficult to achieve?
I know at times I find myself concentrating so hard to enter the present, I completely miss it, by simply overlooking its vehicle… love.
Ah, but for those times I stumble in, it’s like music to my soul.
Soon after lingering in its rhythm, the magic begins. As I become lost in the moment, life’s distractions slowly dissipate… one by one. You see… love and distractions cannot co-exist in the same moment.
Every moment affords us countless opportunities to love and be loved… through the people in our lives, the hobbies we enjoy, the beauty that surrounds us, the work which ignites us and the blessings that rain down on us.
The problem is… our drama and distractions we so covet… are also competing for the same moment. And let me tell you… they are worthy competitors.
I see many folks, as they grow older, stuck in the memories of the past, mistakingly believing their best days are behind them. They reminisce the good ol’ days, as if their life was over.
It’s easy to fall into this trap because life has insulated us with, what I call, selective memory. That is to say, our memory plays like a movie trailer…it only shows us the best parts, while conveniently leaving out all the crap. Need I say more?
Your best days are neither behind you… nor in front of you. They’re here and now wrapped up in this very moment.
With a little love… you’ll fall right in.
This is life… don’t miss it.