Tagged: The present

4 WORDS // [1] PRESENT

4-words-present

pres·ent1

noun

  1. the period of time now occurring.

By nature, I am a thinker.  I am always 3 steps – 3 days – 3 years away in my head.  It would be unfair to say that this modus operandi has not served a useful purpose in my life.  Yes, I wear the Type A badge with honor.  Trust that if you ever go camping, you should probably have me along – because I will have thought of everything – I’ve got you covered.

Buried beneath this guise of preparedness, what you may or may not be shocked to discover, is a lot of fear.  What the preparation actually translates to is: This or that might happen and if it does I need to be sure I am in control.  Yeah – it’s all about control.

The trouble with this is that it doesn’t leave much room for enjoying or experiencing what is right in front of you.  And for every terrible thing that might happen – there are hundreds of amazing things that are actually happening all around us. However…

What we focus on is what becomes our reality.

I can’t tell you how many years I’ve wasted on fiction.

Control is nothing more than an illusion, anyway.  We can do our best to prevent catastrophe, but, ultimately, what’s to stop a human from spontaneously combusting?  Nothing.  It’s spontaneous.  Ever tried to outrun a SHC?  It’s kind of impossible.

I say all this to illustrate a simple point.

When we spend our time fixating on what we cannot control and obsessively prepare for what may or may not happen, we cannot live in the present.  We miss out.  And the people around us miss out on an authentic and fully engaged version of ourselves.

Rilke said:

Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final

And do not the most beautiful things usually emerge from rubble anyway?

Let it happen – all of it.  This isn’t a hall pass to be foolish or flippant – we know the difference here.

I invite you to be present – with yourself – with the people you love.  It’s happening, all around us – beauty – love – creativity.  Create the space for it.  One day at a time.  One day.  One.

All we have is now.

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