Wherever You Are…Be There
The holiday season was a wonderful time for my family and me.
What I noticed most about this time was the absence of activity.
Our children were on vacation from school, and all extracurricular
activities were on hold. There was much less “hustle and bustle”,
which really allowed us to focus on the joy of the season, and to
focus on each other. I felt like we were all truly, and fully, present.
Unfortunately, it’s easy to get caught up in life, and to completely
miss this. That is, to be doing, without actually being present. Too
often, we become so focused on the urgent, that the important aspects
of our life fall by the wayside, or at least get put further down on the
We sacrifice so much by not being present. At best, the experience
was not what it might have been. At worst, we are left with emptiness,
or indifference, having failed to benefit at all. By focusing so much on
the past, or the future, we often miss the wonder of the present.
So how can be completely present? How can we devote our attention
to that which is before us in the moment? Below are a few suggestions:
Simplify your life. By eliminating, delegating or reengineering certain
aspects of your life, you will create space for the present. Instead of
going, going, going, you will have more time for simply being. Clean
your closets, garage and drawers. Spend less time with people who
drain you. Delegate, or automate.
Keep a gratitude journal. At the end of the day (or beginning, if that
works better for you), write down everything for which you are
thankful. Really feel the gratitude for all that you are receiving. By
keeping this in a notebook or journal, you will have a central location
for these thoughts.
Make a list of things that bring you joy. Notice the big things, and
also the little things. What would you have to do to feel these on a
regular basis? Commit to giving yourself these “gifts” on a regular
Become more aware of what is happening around you. Using all
your senses, really feel and appreciate the beautiful world in which
you live. What are the cool colors, textures and sounds that you are
experiencing? What have you passed every day for years, but rarely
noticed or appreciated?
Acknowledge the important people in your life. We often take those
closest to us for granted. Shift gears, and relate to them the wonderful
contribution that they make in your life.
The great business philosopher, Jim Rohn, instructs us to “work
when we are at work, and to play when we are at play.” Choose
today, and every day, to enjoy life by being fully present. Wherever
you are, be there!
As always, I'd love to hear from you! If you have any helpful hints
on being fully present, please contact me.
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