Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Day 5 - 21 Day Challenge - Being in the Moment

If there is one thing I really struggle with (ok, ok there is more than one), it's being in the moment.  Whenever things happen - planned or unplanned I tend to be looking forward.  In a meeting to determine priorities and set strategies, I'm already in solutions mode and defining the long term goals after 5 minutes.  On a run, I'm thinking about what I'm going to do when I get home.  While I'm having a conversation I'm often skipping over several ideas in my head of what come next.  I've always been like this.  As long as I can remember.


There's nothing wrong with forward planning and focusing on the future.  It's actually a good thing to motivate yourself to move forward.  Except it certainly seems to hinder me from fully enjoying the present sometimes.  You know that moment when you see a stunning view, your breath is taken away and all you can do is say 'wow'.  Life is full of those moments.  We (meaning me) just miss so many of them by always being future focused.

So today I'm embracing the moment.  I'm trying to remind myself to just stop and pause and enjoy what I'm doing right now.  Right now for instance I have a wonderful cup of coffee sitting next to me.  I can smell the freshly ground beans, and frothed milk waiting for me.  As soon as I finish this blog I'm going to stop, sit and drink my coffee.  Nothing more - nothing less.  Just embrace the few moments that I have to just breathe and be.

PS.  This is the view I'll be stopping and looking at from my desk.  Yes I am lucky.