I don’t know about you, but I often find it very difficult to stay right in the moment. I dwell on things that have already happened or I look ahead to what could be…
It’s not necessarily a bad thing to remember the past or look to the future. However, resenting or ignoring your current situation in favor of thinking of the past and/or future isn’t a good thing.
The past teaches us. It shows us the choices we have made, the events that happened to us, and many other things.
The future gives us motivation. We may not know exactly where we’re going, but we can look forward to how things may differ from where we are right now.
The present, though… that’s what matters in the here and now. Life happens in the right now.
Wishing for what used to be makes it nearly impossible to live in the moment. It makes it hard to appreciate where you are.
Resenting your current station in life and focusing solely on what might be is a sure fire way to alienate the people in your life.
The “right now” is where we develop, cultivate, and feed relationships. Being stuck in the past or future are both harmful to relationship right now. Both make it hard for others to connect with us in the here and now.
The next time you find yourself caught up in the past – whether it’s something you miss or something you wish had never happened – I challenge you to figure out how the past has led to where you are today!
And if you find yourself focused only on what might be in the future, I challenge you to sit down and figure out what you can be doing right now to build relationships and to plan for the future you long to have.
Life is meant to be lived. Turn off your phone when you’re with friends and family. Social media – as “good” as it is – cannot measure up to real life relationships.
Live today like it’s your last day. What do you want to be remembered for?
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