Staying In The Present Moment

“Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.”      ~Thomas Carlyle~

In broad daylight and in front of cameras, the celebrity or “benevolent” politician (using taxpayers’ money, of course) tells the world that they are on the side of justice, equality and eliminating poverty.  Everyone claps politely and mindlessly as the ribbon for the new orphanage in India or AIDS clinic in Africa or job training program is cut.  Then, in a termite’s blink, another successful photo opp becomes history and the celeb becomes an indelible, instant hero.

Every one of us wants to shine and get our just dues.  Even the preacher or mullah on the pulpit gets a real high by being thought of as being inspirational or even powerful to his or her congregation.

These heady moments of greatness are often intertwined, however, with huge chunks of time when we are not being noticed, appreciated or treated fairly on our terms.

As American patriot Thomas Paine once stated:  “These are the times that try men’s souls … He that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”

When we feel down, unloved, and unappreciative, the usual root of this despondency rests in how we are thinking at that moment.

Inevitably, if you are thinking about the past, then you are not empowered.

And if you are daydreaming or fretting about the future, you also are not in an empowered mode.

The only place to be is in the present moment.  That is where we touch people and things…and that is where we can make a real difference.

Whenever we dwell in the cloudy here and now, our tomorrows become brighter.

The next time you feel down or out of sorts, try to create your own ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Get interested in your world, your children, your boss, your company or anything else within reach of your senses.

Touch them or it in a manner which shows you care.  Leave your mark in this world, and your hereafters will take care of themselves.

Start now, by shutting down your PC and talking with a smile to your child, your wife or a neighbor in your rear-view mirror.  Or simply and wondrously water the flowers in your garden and sing “You are my sunshine.”

Life In The Past Lane

A line in a song says it precisely,

These are the good ole days.

Whatever you are doing and feeling at the present moment is a result of the actions or inactions, thoughtfulness or thoughtlessness of that water under the bridge of your life.

You can bring up what happened in a nostalgic moment – the people you met and the things you did – but not one moment of history and be changed or removed by recalling it.

The good ole days belong in the trash heap.

We all have demons, regardless of whether we want to admit it or not.

The door to the past is a strange door.  It swings open and things pass through it, but they pass in one direction only.” ~From Loren Eiseley’s The Immense Journey~

It is not a matter of whether mamma liked your brother best.  It is not a matter of who got what for whatever reason or who didn’t get their fair share.

It is a matter of learning how to deal with the lessons of life in a constructive manner and stop desperately clinging to the should, could and would haves that can haunt us.

Present moment living is always where the action is.  If your present moment is clouded or distorted by fear, rage, regret, disorientation or total apathy – then consider yourself to be living in the past and strangled by the future.

The time to come to grips is now.  Take action.  Talk to the customer.  Meet the prospect.  Get that webpage designed and operating.  Search out true-north alternatives to the life you secretly loathe yet inexplicably claim.

Make today’s decisions with an understanding that the flower never blooms until the seed is planted and watered.  There is a time lag between bold, positive, present-moment living and happiness at the end of the road.

Resolve in your mind to sacrifice immediate gratification for long-term empowerment.

Change lanes while you can.