Have you ever noticed how fast time is passing us by? Days become a blur. Weeks a distant memory. And don’t even get me started on how quickly summer is coming to an end.
I am an ‘in the moment’ kind of person. Whatever that moment happens to be. I am certain that my enthusiasm for the right here, right now can come off as being unaware of what is going on around me at times. Regardless of whatever aloofness I may be portraying, I have found a true joy in each moment and being present allows any time to be just right.
So, how do you do it? You ask. How do you embrace that mindset of being present in each and every moment? Well, a brain injury is one way, though I seriously do not recommend going that route, as it comes with a whole heap of other challenges.
Another, (read safer) way to go is to pick 5 things that are at the heart of you. These are the pieces of your life that when push comes to shove, you are not willing to let go of. Your list can consist of people, goals, lifestyle choices, or even your car (if you are really into your car, that is).
Narrow your list down to 5. Reminder: you can do all things… you just can’t do all things all the time at the same time. So for right now, pick 5 things that are crucial to your existence. Write your selection of 5 on a piece of paper, leaving a few lines in between each of your choices.
Your list’s layout should look something like this:
Now, beneath each of your listed choices, write 3 ways you are going to make those crucial life elements happen in your life. I didn’t say it was going to be a piece of cake. But trust me, identifying what you want in life and then putting a plan into action of achieving it, is so worth the effort.
For example, I wanted to spend more time in nature. So I decided to wake up a little earlier and go for a walk every morning. Sometimes my walk takes me to the forest or to the ocean’s edge. Often times, it is simply around the neighborhood but I relish those moments just the same. In our neighborhood, I get to watch the wild bunnies munch on their breakfast. I listen to the many varied birds sing their morning songs. I changed the start of my day to include my desired time in nature. The result is that each day is improved because of that decision. As an extra bonus, I am able to sneak in some quality family time too as my husband now joins me whenever his schedule allows.
Once you have listed three ways to achieve your desired life elements, pat yourself on the back and smile. You have just created the 5 elements of your life that are no longer negotiable.
It is important to understand that every day won’t offer the opportunity to enjoy each life element. This being said, you should be aware of your choices and do your best to not let a week slip by without giving yourself to each of your life’s priorities. This is how to live in the moment. Be present doing what you want to do for some of the time and the rest of the time won’t feel as if you missed out on everything as the world zoomed past you.
I have a 70/30 rule in all things I do. I must enjoy at least 70% of what I do in order to get through the 30% that may be less than desirable (but necessary all the same). For example, I love nothing more than cooking a delicious, healthy meal for my family. However, I am not entirely fond of cleaning up once the meal is finished. The good news is that 70% of the joy of cooking, listening to music as I putter in the kitchen, and the praise from the family fuel me on to complete the less than desirable 30% of the cleanup.
So, take the plunge. Write your list of non-negotiable life choices and start living in the moment, doing what your heart desires, making the world a better place one day at a time. Time is flying by anyway, you might as well make it worth yours.