Sitting on the sideline of life: Why?

A funeral and a wedding anniversary…sideline

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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One thought on “Sitting on the sideline of life: Why?

  1. Great reminder! The hardest thing for me is that you have to choose to be present on a daily basis, and it is SO easy to go back to worrying or planning tomorrow.

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