Are you living in the moment?

by | Mar 30, 2018 | Mindset, Video, Weekday Wisdom

Weekday Wisdom Episode 63

Are you participating in your life? Are you letting the mistakes of yesterday and the “to-do” list of tomorrow hijack the joy of today?

Are you in the moment?
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Today I’m going to talk about this quote:

“Make the choice to embrace this day.
Do not let your TODAY be stolen by the ghost of yesterday
or the ‘To-Do’ list of tomorrow!
It’s inspiring to see all the wonderfully amazing things
that can happen in a day in which you participate.”
~ Dr. Steve Maraboli

As I was I was reading that quote for the video, my little friend, Bold Kitty came by to rub against my leg. So check it out if you’d like to meet the little man in my life.

Anyway, that was me embracing today. My kitty came up and wanted some attention, so I showed him the love.

Let’s break down this quote into its key component points.

Letting the Past Interrupt the Moment

First, he says, don’t let today get “stolen by the ghosts of yesterday.” I know this one is one that everyone struggles with. I know I do.

Most of the time, I’m pretty laid back. But there are things in my life that just trigger me. For example, I’ve been unpacking books. I’ll remember having a specific book and wonder to myself, “Where’s that book?” Then I realize it’s one of the books that was let go during of the “purges” my ex-husband made me do. He didn’t make me get rid of specific books, but he wanted me to reduce my book collection. So, I made choices that I wish I hadn’t made. And I get all angry about it.

That is an example of the ghosts of yesterday stealing away a moment from today. When we bring up these moments in our past that make us angry or sad or some other negative emotion, it can steal from the moment of today.

That said, I see no problem in remembering the people fondly that we loved who have passed on. I often think of my of abuela (grandmother), my father, and my little sister. I miss them. For those moments that I remember them, they’re with me. I don’t think that’s stealing from today. It adds to the richness of my life experience.

However, if we dwell on those memories at the sacrifice of making new ones. Or when we get caught up in, an “Er! I wish I had done something differently,” moment. That energy doesn’t do us any good. What’s happened, has happened. Move forward.

Tomorrow Hijacks Today

The next thing he mentions is don’t let your to-do list for tomorrow steal from today. If you don’t write down what you need to do, you will often find yourself hijacked by what you need to do tomorrow. It’s like your brain going, “I need to remember that.” And so your today’s moments get hijacked by what you need to do tomorrow.

What I have done, that’s helped me, is one of two things:

  1. I put on my calendar what I’m going to do this on this specific day. Or
  2. I have a to-do list of things I need to do.

For example, I review books. I usually post them on this blog, CarmaSpence.com, on Wednesdays, when I’ve got them done. And I literally have a spreadsheet that says these are the books I need to read. This is the order in which I’m going to read them. I also have a similar review queue for TheGenreTraveler.com, where I’ve literally included dates that I’m going to post them because I’m a little behind and I don’t like to post 10 book reviews on the same day. So I’ve scheduled them out.

This is a good way to plan for the future and get it out of your head so it’s not stealing from today.

Embrace Today

And finally, Dr. Maraboli talks about embracing the moment today and just being open to the wonderful things that can happen when you’re living, at least in part, spontaneously. For example, I have today off. My husband took his day off, too, and he’s using it to go take care of doctor visits because he didn’t want to be in my hair because I have so many things that need to get done. As I was saying goodbye to him, we had this beautiful, little hilarious moment that had me laughing for a good 5-10 minutes. That was a moment that we were in the moment together. He said something and then I just riffed off of it. And he riffed back. It was funny and it was in a moment.

Also, at the beginning of this episode’s video, I’m recording and here comes a Bold Kitty. And so I introduced him to you. Those moments are precious. Don’t let yesterday or tomorrow steal your today.

Remember this:
Think outside that box, because you don’t want to stay hemmed in.
Spread your wings and fly.
Because you — yes, you right there — are capable of more than you know.

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