How did I get here?
is something that comes to me out of the blue. It calls me to examine the past.
Where am I going?
is something that I ask myself frequently. It calls me to plan for the future.
What is happening now?
is the question I should be asking. It calls me to be in the present.
We can spend our whole lives looking to the past and the future. It’s good to occasionally reflect on our choices, our actions, our experiences in the past. It’s also good to plan for our future choices, actions and experiences.
But we can’t live there.
It can be difficult not to get lost in what could have been or what could be. It’s even more difficult for most of us to be present in what is.
I dare you to try.
Right here, right now… is beautiful. If you truly look, you can see it.
You may not be exactly where you want to be right now. You may not even be close. But all you have is this moment in time. And if you don’t let yourself be present in it, you will lose it.
Find what matters to you. And hold on to it with all that you have.
I lived in the past and the future for too long. I closed my eyes and when I opened them, my daughters were five and nine.
It goes too fast. The time we are given is too short. Before I know it my daughters will be fifteen and nineteen. If I close my eyes to the present, I will miss it. And I will never be able to get it back.
So what if the dishes don’t always get washed? So what if my yard doesn’t look perfect? So what?
There will always be more that I could have done. It will still be there when I get to it. Right now, in the present, are my daughter’s childhoods.
So the questions I will be asking myself is, what is happening now?
My eyes are open. And it’s beautiful.