Tuesday, July 23, 2013
The Beauty of Now
The Beauty of Now
I dream about the future; many say I do so far too often. I’m guilty as charged…it’s true. I love the opportunity of the future – what we can accomplish, where we could go, how we’ll get there, and with whom we’ll take our adventures.
However, last week my girlfriend and I took a quick weekend trip to Southern California, and of course spent most of our time at the Disneyland Resort. On several occasions, she asked me, “What’s been your favorite part of the trip so far?”
Every time, I answered, “right now…”
Each time the question was posed, I literally couldn’t think of a better moment than the very moment in which the question was being asked…each time. (A possible milestone in my own personal growth and development, as I'm usually obsessed with everything BUT what's happening right now…but that’s another story for another time…)
I felt compelled to share these OneMoreStep thoughts on the ‘beauty of now’…Perhaps this rings true for you, people on your teams, loved ones at home, colleagues at work, or maybe even for our friends…No matter what we have going on in our lives, right now, these truths apply:
We’ll never be younger than we are right now.
If that ‘imminent’ thing we’re dreading is looming, it’s still just that, looming. It isn’t happening just yet. Why worry?
The annoying disappointments of yesterday are long gone; in the past. We don’t have to deal with them now.
Most of what we’ve ever learned in school or in life can finally be put to use, right now.
Even if we haven’t quite accomplished our goals, we can hustle and work toward making our dreams realities, now.
If we’re in a rut, or a rough patch; it’s only a season…it won’t be this way forever, it’s only this way right now.
If life is good, and we’re really enjoying it, then we’ll soon miss the way things are, right now.
Moments that make us happy are never more wonderful than when they’re actually happening. Sure we always have the memories, and pictures capture an image of what was happening in those moments, but our most cherished moments capture our hearts and minds, right now, when they’re happening.
So instead of worrying about what’s yet to happen, or the unfortunate things that have happened, we should focus on what is happening…right now. Too often we don’t enjoy what’s happening right now, and pretty soon we find ourselves asking “what happened…” and all we can think about is how good we had it back then.
I like what our friend Andy Bernard says in one of his last monologues on NBC’s The Office – Series Finale:
“I wish there was a way to know you’re in the ‘good ole days’ before you’ve actually left them.” – Andy Bernard
We can dream about how it should be, how it’s supposed to be, or how we’d like it to be…OR we can accept and embrace the way things are, right now…today. Because what’s happening at this very moment is real…it’s not a dream.
And that’s what makes NOW beautiful…it may be a mess, but at least it’s not a fantasy, it’s real.
Embrace it. Accept it. Enjoy it. Love it. Love the NOW…because down the road we may look back and wish we had embraced more, accepted more, enjoyed more, and loved more. If we all truly go OneMoreStep, doing all we can do, TODAY, for people around us RIGHT NOW, imagine living in that world…imagine that fullness of life, every day.
“Talk about a standing ovation. Everybody take a bow. But don’t talk about tomorrow tonight. I love the now…” – Jimmy Buffett, “I Love the Now”; Floridays album - 1986
Enjoy the season…enjoy the now.
Posted by Taylor Scott at 7:30 PM