01_2015: Being Present
Sometimes I feel as if time is going by so slow that I just want to scream! There are so many things I want to do, places I want to see, goals and dreams that I want so badly to happen now, it can all seem like each passing day is an eternity... But then I wake up and it's 2015! How did that happen? Didn't we just start 2014? How can it feel like time is going by so slow, yet so fast at the same time? Ugh, these are the things I think about...
I think it might be time to reverse this process. Goals, dreams, aspirations, these are all good and healthy things to have. But when they begin to absorb your mind, constantly consuming your thought life and messing with your emotions, they can become dangerous. We may think that once we have what we want (marriage, kids, career, money, bikini ready abs...) then, and only then, will we be happy. But the truth is, discontent isn't measured by what we see, but rather it's the position of our heart, and our outlook on life. It doesn't work from the outside in, but rather from the inside out.
If we don't learn how to live in the moment, taking in life with all of the passions, treasures, and experiences of today, then once we get what we want, there will be something else to strive for, and after that, something else, and so on. The truth is, if we want to truly be able to enjoy every moment of life to it's fullest, then we have to learn how to do that with our lives right now, today! That way, when those blessed moments come throughout our lives, we'll be able to fully live, experience, and treasure every single one, giving our full attention to the moment at hand. Seasons of life will come and go and you will never be in this season again. Enjoy it! Train yourself to be grateful and spontaneous and watch as the years fly by, full of a life well lived.