“You can’t go back to how things were. How you thought they were. All you really have is…now.” ― Jay Asher
I don’t know about you, but staying in the moment is not easy. Too many times life hits and we become consumed with what happened. And sometimes, what happened occurred some time ago. We ruminate on things over and over and end up missing the moments in front of us.
Staying in the moment means we need to slow down and keep our thoughts on what we are doing right now. It’s our only guarantee. All we are asked to do is realize this and stay present to each moment we are given.
A constant reminder is realizing how much in life we can’t control. Unfortunate and painful situations happen to all of us. We don’t know when the unexpected will occur, but it will most likely come at the least possible time. Unexpected and extremely painful situations cause us to stop and notice the important things in life.
It becomes more easily adaptable and a choice to stay in the moment once life disruptions cross your path.
What do we do? The only thing we can do is focus on the present, take a breath, and think about the good things in life. One of my favorite quotes is, “this too shall pass.” On certain days, I have to say it over and over all day long but somehow, I end up feeling better.
Sometimes, a smile is needed.
Smile because you just can’t make this stuff up.
Smile because it could be worse. There is someone going through something far worse than you might be. Comparing won’t help.
Smile because your sense of humor still shines through and there is always something to laugh about. Laughing always feels good and helps.
Smile because even though there may be some challenging times around you, there are also people who love you and want to support you if you let them.
Staying in the moment may be difficult to embrace at first but it is worth the effort to try.
Staying in the moment releases doubt, takes away fear, stops worry in its tracks and allows you to just be. Staying in the moment gives you permission to always seek the true, beautiful, joyful moment that is there for the taking. It gives you permission to trust where you are right now and encourages you to choose love, to let go of negativity, to find forgiveness, to leave the past in the past, to trust that no matter what, you will be okay.
May your present moments offer you support and comfort anytime you need.