Posted by: blondechief | August 5, 2008

Today is a gift, that’s why it’s called “The Present”

Do you have a tendency to dwell on the past? 

 Do you look to the future for your happiness?

If there is one lesson we can learn in this life, it is to be in the moment of today, the here and now.  I am not saying that you should not plan for your future, as in financial steps, etc. and I am not saying that you should not be concerned with your beliefs of the “afterlife”.  What I am saying, is that if you can learn to awaken each and every day and treat it as if it is a gift, your life will become more meaningful and enjoyable every second.  When you wake up in the morning, imagine that there is a big red bow on the day, and you get to open it.  What treasures, surprises and delights will be revealed?  Your attitude will determine the quality of the “present”.  Believe that each and every day something good will come your way.  You get what you focus on. If you focus on not feeling well, and you want to tell everyone you meet how awful you feel, how depressed you are etc, that will be true.  If you focus on smiling, being pleasant to be around, guess what! you will be pleasant and pleasant to be around.  There is such a correlation between what you feel on the inside and what shows on the outside it is amazing.  Just for fun, if you wake up and maybe are still a little tired, or have a minor headache, try putting it to the side and say to yourself, WOW, what a beautiful day.  When you meet people on the street or in the office, smile and say “Good Morning” and mean it. When someone says Hi, how are you? say great and you?  Soon you will realize that you really are great and your whole day just shifted 180 degrees for the better.  Pay close attention to your inner chatter and the outer chatter and see if a routine has developed that is not in your best interest.  It is so easy to get caught up in the complaints of everyone around you, from co-workers to the evening news.

  Challenge yourself.  For one week, ignore every negative comment you hear, do not acknowledge it or sympathize.  Do not watch the news, or if you can stand it, do not watch any television.  Its only one week, you can do it.  Focus on self-development.  Relax and think about what is most important to you now, today, this minute.  This exercise should re-align your priorities and get you off auto pilot.

Forget the past, it cannot be changed.  Do not worry about the future, because if you live each and every day in the moment, grateful for everthing you have, your future will take care of itself.  Shut out the noise and litter of society.  Read, pray, meditate and quiet your mind, even if only for a few minutes each day, and the wealth that will come back to you will be ten-fold.

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