Good Morning: Focus on the Here and Now

“One must always maintain one’s connection to the past and yet
ceaselessly pull away from it.”
~Gaston Bachelard
 
Good morning 
This quote really got me thinking. One of the facts that has been determined is that in order to find true contentment and lasting joy we have to live in the present. If we become overly reflective of the past, or overly concerned about the future, then we begin living solely in our minds, versus in the physical world.  The physical world of our daily lives is where we must live in order to create happiness and joy.
 
Of course, that is easier said than done! As women, we are very
good at worrying and anticipating obstacles that have yet to
arrive. We are also good at criticizing ourselves for the mistakes
of the past. But what good does either of these two practices do
besides sap our energy from living “in the now?”
 
This quote inspires my realization that there is a healthy
connection to both past and future, but beyond that, we must pull
away from letting either past or future control what we have the
ability to create in our daily life. We can learn from the past –
but let’s not dwell in it. Instead, let us learn the lessons and
apply them today. Let us be “researchers” in our own lives, noting
what influenced us in the past, what made us happy, what we regret
– and let’s take this research and apply it to maximize today.
 
Likewise, let us look forward to the future with passion and
excitement and expectation. Let us realize that if we live “in the
now” we stand the best chance of creating the tomorrow we have
always desired.
 
Your Turn:
Notice today how many times you reflect on the past or
worry about the future. Consciously draw your attention back to
“now” — the only place where we can create true change.
 
 

And as always, don’t forget to start your day with a heartfelt: “Something great is going to happen today… I can’t wait to see what it is!”

And when ending your day ask yourself:
“What is one more thing I can do to make today matter?”

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