In today’s world I think most of us suffer from the fear of missing out and the only if mindset. We want to see, do, be as many things in life as possible and we often live for the future …if only I could have that car, that house, that degree, that job, that partner…then life would be perfect! We forget to take pride in who we are and where we are in this very moment. We are so focused on the next big adventure or the thing of the future that we ignore all the good right in front of us. I am a planner so I often find myself struggling with both of these. I get my heart set on a goal and keep my eye on the prize and this helps motivate me when times get tough. However, I have come to realize, as with all things, there must be a balance.
It is great to make plans and have goals to learn and experience new things. It is wonderful to put dreams out into the universe for a better lifestyle, nicer things, and fantastic relationships, just don’t let these wants and desires for the future take over the present moments. Take time to truly enjoy where you are and reflect on how far you have come. Remind yourself that there was a time when you may have prayed to be where you are right now and have some of the things you have right now. Take time to celebrate those wins you have already accomplished along the way before moving on to the next big thing. The constant drive for more can be unhealthy and end up leading you in a life of never being satisfied or happy.
So take time today to slow down and appreciate the present moment. Look at your life and think about how far you have come and truly appreciate your efforts and hard work. We must be thankful for what we have now and give thanks regularly in order to receive all that we desire in the future. Taking time to give thanks in your daily practice of meditation or just as you get ready to start your day is a great positive habit. Spare nothing in your time of giving thanks, running water and indoor plumbing as I shower and get ready, my body functioning properly as I climb out of bed and stretch, my healthy teeth as I brush them…include every detail of life in your list! Truly feel it in your heart as you give thanks, don’t just run through it like a grocery list. I am thankful for all of you who read my blog!
With love, health, and happiness,