The word present has a few meanings. It can mean a particular place: I needed to be present to get my reward. Or, occurring now: my present situation overwhelmed me; as well as, meaning right now: I refused to think beyond the present moment, no past or future. The word can also mean to give or make something known such as I won and was presented with a gold medal. Additionally, the word denotes a gift; an item given to someone without the expectation of anything in return –the present I received was beyond my wildest dreams.
I find the word present interesting because it concerns both time and giving. Enjoy the present. There’s no time like the present. At the present time. Be visibly present. Pay attention to the present. The future depends on what we do in the present. Real generosity lies in giving all to the present. Be present to win.
For most of my life, I’ve been working on this task of being present. It seems so easy. However, most of the time I get so caught up in things that I forget what I’m doing, why I am doing it, or even who I am. Sometimes, I get so busy I forget to breathe or look at the people I love.
So, this week, when I had some extra leisure time, a pause from my writing projects, my upcoming book signing event, social media, and socializing, I decided to not turn on the television or pick up the phone or tackle my to-do list.
Instead, I settled into as many present moments as I could, appreciating the beauty and the wonders of the world around me: the sunset last night, welcoming the cool air on my morning walk, taking my time to eat my breakfast, aware of the tastes and sounds and the absolute joy of not rushing from one moment to the next. Simply waking up, smiling, and vowing to live as fully as I can.
How did you find solace this week?
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