I spend way too much time out of my mind.
Or, to be more precise, too much time away from where my mind should be. It’s way, way too easy for me to get caught up worrying about the future or reliving the past.
There’s a time to learn for the past and plan for the future, for sure.
But there is also “right now” and that’s worth experiencing too…
None of us know how many “moments” we’ll get in this life. Cliche as it sounds, any of them could be our last.
In a less morbid sense, the individual moment, the dinner with a friend, the hike through the woods, the car ride with the windows down…whatever it is is also temporary.
If any other resource were that scarce, it would be extremely valuable. Like a gold brick it would be cherished, protected, prized. I want to treat my moments that way.
If I’m at dinner with a friend, I want to BE at dinner. Not on my phone or worrying about work.
If I’m on a hike, I want to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Not thinking about the chores I have to do at home.
If I’m driving with the windows down, I want to enjoy the freedom of singing (badly) at the top of my lungs.
I don’t know how many of these moments I’ll get, so the least I can do is stop living them halfway. I want to be fully engaged and appreciate them for the wonderful gifts that they are. I challenge myself to fully experience the moments I’m given and fully be where I am.
Where do you want to be?