We are all guilty of it. We want and we wish and we hope for things to be different...to be better...to have more...to have a bigger house...to be skinnier or more fit...to have more money.
Whatever it is, we tend to wish our lives away, as I call it. I know I have been guilty of it, as well.
I'll be happy when... I'll be able to start when... I can't do it until...
Have you ever found yourself starting a sentence with any of those, or something similar? I know I have.
And you know what it does? It steals your joy...it takes away the pleasure of living in the NOW.
I tell the kids this all the time when they start a sentence with "I wish..." Why waste your time living in the future? Because that's really what you're doing when you make statements like that.
I don't know about you but I want to live in the present moment...in the NOW. I can't change the past and I can't control the future, so there's no need for me to even have those thoughts.
Yes, I get it...it's nice to think about the things you want or will have in the future, but my point is there's no reason to DWELL on it and let it overwhelm you or worse, stop you from making forward progress. By focusing so much on what you want or what will happen when (fill in the blank), you miss out on all the fun and amazing things going on in your life RIGHT NOW.
Here's the thing:
It's your choice to change your thinking. It's your choice to focus on the current situation and not on the future. Really...it's your choice. It's that simple.
So let's work on it this week. Let's focus on positive thinking and making sure we are living in the NOW. Really stop and smell the flowers (or the coffee...YUM!!); really see the colors of the flowers as you're smelling them; really listen as your spouse or significant other is talking to you; really HEAR what they are saying!
We are often so focused on our phones, on the next email or text we're hoping to receive, on the next raise, on our next report card, whatever it is. Lets just focus on enjoying the NOW.
Let me know in the comments how you plan on living in the NOW, starting today!
With love and wellness,