A funeral and a wedding anniversary…
Two very different events – but both led me to the same thought – how much time am I spending planning for the future versus living in the present? Has my life been consumed with looking into a proverbial crystal ball at the expense of enjoying the moment I’m in?
Recently I attended a funeral, more commonly referred to these days as a life celebration. There I was looking up from a crowd seeing my friend giving a eulogy for his father. It was a surreal experience and an epiphany for me. I have been operating on autopilot, preoccupied about the future, and blind to the present.
What potential memories had I sacrificed over the past few months? Why were my thoughts always out ahead of me? What had I overlooked? Who had I overlooked? These questions and many more were racing through my head. It wasn’t until the end of the service, as I hugged my buddy’s weeping mother, did I truly become present. I was one hundred percent in the moment.
Two days later I was heading out for another life celebration, although an entirely different type. My better half and I were off to the Caribbean. We were celebrating our ten-year wedding anniversary. And you know what? We spent the entire week living in the moment, relishing in the present, and creating lasting memories. I even turned off my phone, albeit not for an entire day – I’m still working on that.
Today I still allocate time for looking outward, envisioning future aspirations and goals to be met; but I no longer allow myself to be consumed always considering the future. In the end, all we have is the present. The past is history, the future always a mystery, but the present moment is our time to shine.
My hope is that you are living in the present, working to positively influence your future.
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