Isn’t it crazy how for most of us humans, the instinct is always to put things off until tomorrow? Why is that? Do we think that things will be easier if we wait? or maybe if we are really lucky they will fix themselves? or just go away? or someone else will handle it? Regardless of our insane reasoning, the reality is there is no better time than the present, the NOW!
There is so much stress that can be created in our lives when we live outside of the now! For some, we spend our days constantly reliving the past; revisiting tough times, replaying arguments or disagreements, or allowing our mistakes to take place again all over in our heads. When we do this, we use up or NOW moments on rewind spending precious time with things that are over; DONE! They cannot be undone; there are no do overs! What we can do is use our past experiences to make the most if THIS moment; THIS opportunity; THIS conversation; bring the most of ourselves to whoever we are with; whatever situation we are experiencing. Be in the NOW!
For others of us, we stay in a state of imagination; constantly hoping and thinking of what COULD be, rather than what IS! Now don’t get me wrong. I think there is power in planning out our futures; having a game plan, dreaming of the life we desire. But that time needs to be planned and orchestrated to a point the vision of the future IS making the most of the NOW! I know for myself I often find myself drifting off from where I am and what I am doing, the infamous day dreamer. There is no telling how many hours, if not days, I have spent in la la land really getting absolutely nothing accomplished. I know some people will say that is not really a bad thing, but when we realize how precious life is and that it goes by in a flicker, the reality is we have not a second to waste!
I know that a way I have robbed myself of many joy-filled moments is always looking out into the future and establishing an expectation; and end that I have in mind after investing my time in someone or something. For instance I may have spent and entire evening with my wife, taking her to dinner, out for dancing or listening to music, all with the expectation of an intimate moment when we get home! If I didn’t receive what I was expecting, immediately I would throw a child-like tantrum totally destroying the vibe of the evening. Looking back I would have missed out on the joy I could have experienced had I been totally engaged in the moment; enjoying the dinner, enjoying the dancing and music and most importantly enjoying the company and time spent with my wife. Instead those moments of joy were lost because I stayed focused on a future event that may or may not have happened. I believe the latter is what happened most of the time. Not very bright of me!
I know I can’t get those moments back but I tell you, I realize more than ever the importance of trying to be in the moment, the NOW! Whether it’s working on my next writing, preparing dinner with my wife, coloring with my kiddos, praying, riding my bike, working, playing my guitar, etc. It doesn’t matter! The question is am I present with 100% of myself in whatever I am doing? If I am not, I am only robbing myself of the precious miracle gift of the NOW! The Past is gone; the is no guarantee of tomorrow; we can only make the most of NOW! The true PRESENT from God!