- Now is what you have. Allow the moments to unfold. Your time here is a gift. Cherish the the all of it. Notice. –Elin Stebbins Waldal
I like making New Year’s resolutions because I usually aim low enough I can keep them. You know, like resolving to not commit a violent crime. That was super easy to keep. Or the year I resolved to not eat canned cream corn. Again…the bar was set low so I could succeed. But a few years ago I started putting the bar a little higher just to push myself a little and move away from my comfort zones.
Wow, I’m gonna have to do some fancy dancing to top 2014 for moving out of comfort zones. I may have to jump off something—wait I did that already. Or I might need to move away from a place I’ve called home for almost 3 decades. Yup, that’s done. Here’s the scariest one of all: I could fall in love and build a relationship with someone.
So now what?
2015’s one word resolution.
I will live in the moment and when I catch myself fretting over what I don’t have I will realize everything I have wanted in the past I managed to manifest in my life.
I will trust the now. I will trust no matter what is happening that moment of now, even if it’s a big shit sandwich is part of a divine unfolding. In other words, I will dance backwards and maybe even close my eyes while I do it.
I will tell my monkey mind: “Thank you for protecting me with all these thoughts of the future but I’m living now and I don’t need to worry because I’m taking care of that issue, I promise.”
I will live in the moment and when I start beating myself up for not being good enough or smart enough or whatever enough I will move forward from those yesterdays to the now.
I think that last one is going to be the hardest because I love replaying old tapes from yesterday or three decades ago and raking myself across the coals. Sometimes self-flagellation seems like a hobby.
I need a new hobby.
Enjoying and savoring who I am now feels like a healthier hobby. But I need a little help from my friends. Please drop an affirmation, thought, mantra, or phrase in the comments to help me stay in the present moment.