The Present Of Being Present

Most of you will probably relate to what I’m about to confess. Summer is by far my favourite season (that is not my confession), of which the biggest part is the December holiday. There is nothing quite like our South African sun, beaches and holiday destinations. During the last week of holiday I used to struggle to enjoy or appreciate the accomplished feeling of the year coming to an end and my loved ones close to me, because I knew it was almost over. This is a simple example of what can be taken away from us when we fail to live in the present.

Trying to think about what still has to be done or what is about to end, clouds our vision of what is currently happening. Nothing tangible really happens except in the present. By living in the moment all of your thoughts, intellect and emotions are focused on ‘now’. How much more won’t we see, feel and experience? Mark Van Doren said: “There is one thing we can do, and the happiest people are those who can do it to the limit of their ability. We can be completely present. We can be all here. We can give all our attention to the opportunity before us.” By doing so, we can use that opportunity to the fullest.

Children enjoy the present; they neither live in the past nor the future. This seldom happens to us. It doesn’t make sense to keep yesterday’s piece of mango between your teeth because you enjoyed the fruit salad. It will only spoil the taste of today’s ice cream. Let’s learn from the children and enjoy today’s miracles, because tomorrow will bring new excitement and opportunities.

Dream about the future and have goals, but allow the present moment to be.

Remember that living in the ‘now’ is the essence of working towards that future you dream about. You’ll realize that when you give yourself the permission to live in the present without feeling guilty, the more you will learn and the better your quality of work will be.

Every moment is a gift, a present. By standing on our tiptoes to see the future we’ll end up falling over and crushing the present.