I talk often about the importance of living in the moment and being present. Last night I got clarity on an important point to distinguish. While it is important to live in the moment and find joy and gratitude with what is; it is also important to make sure your decisions are made with the big picture in mind as well. Going after what you want is great. Yet when you are getting ready to jump in the moment and meet the whims you feel in that moment it is important to also ask yourself if it is in line with you overall goals, wants, and needs. What do I want in this moment? Sleep, chocolate donuts, and to dance. But if I stop and ask myself which of these things is actually in line with my long term wants and needs I see that the benefit of getting up and going to work outweighs the benefit of going back to bed. I see that I do not really want chocolate donuts because I know that they will make my stomach feel awful afterwards. And dancing, well that always fits into the plan. Living in the moment is not about falling to each whim. Living in the moment is about not worrying and living in the past or the future. It is about acknowledging the beauty and perfection in this present moment. And in this moment I am grateful, loved, and content. I'm grateful to see the beauty in this early morning. I'm grateful to know my true wants are in line with this moment and with my future. I'm grateful to recognize and release the whims that pass through my mind. I'm grateful to know that no one is better at being me than ME. I'm grateful to share myself with others and give back in the ways I am able. I'm grateful for the love I receive in return. I'm grateful for patience and kindness. I'm grateful for darkness and light. And I'm grateful to know there is love in everything. I'm grateful to witness this moment and this lesson. What do you want in this moment? Which of those things are in line with your goals? How can you practice living in the moment AND working toward your dreams? May you find beauty in each moment and may your wishes be in line with the bigger picture you wish to create. Have a beautiful day!
I believe the way to a better future starts with gratitude today.