You can be present. Enjoy the now.

When I sit down to write in the morning, I rarely look out the window, but for some reason, this morning the birch and magnolia leaves drew my attention. I couldn’t believe how green they were! It got me thinking about how someone would see them for the first time – the way one looks out the window at a hotel, or restaurant in a strange locale. This novelty allows a person to appreciate the beauty more. After living in a place for a while, there’s a tendency to stop seeing those small wonders.

The fact that I saw these two trees and noted this shows how much I’ve changed.

Historically, my mind lived at least five years in the future. I was never concerned with now. I barely had time for now. I had a plan, I completed a step in the present, but my focus was far ahead.

It was like I was walking staring at the horizon, never looking down, up, or sideways. Absolutely under no circumstances would I look behind me. As such, I missed the clouds above. I missed the flowers, grass, insects, and animals below. I missed the sights to my left and right. I missed how much progress I made.

This kind of moving through life keeps a person driven – I had no shortage of achievements – but it doesn’t lead to happiness. I was working all the time. I was stressed all the time. It was impossible for me to enjoy the beauty of the present moment.

Thankfully I’m no longer this person. I specifically find something to enjoy about each moment I can. It could be small, like the feeling of my bare feet against the textured shower floor or the feeling of fresh cotton sheets as I fall asleep. It could also be bigger, like being gifted a ticket to a writer’s conference (YES! That happened! So excited!). Whatever it is however, I relish it. I expand that sense of enjoyment until it fills me. The result is I almost always have a smile on my face.

So today, on St. Patrick’s Day, I’d like to challenge you to be in the moment. I’d like you to find something, no matter how small or large, that you can enjoy and appreciate. There is always something. At first it may take work, but as you continue this practice, I assure you, it gets easier and more natural.

Doing this will change your quality of life. You will enjoy life so much more and this will naturally transform everything around you. So what are you enjoying today? Right now? Leave a comment and let me know!

You can be present.
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