I wanted to acknowledge the new year in some fashion so this got me to thinkin’ (look out!) not about were we are going in 2014 but where we are now. You can ask this question collectively or individually, which ever suits your fancy because, in my opinion, the answer is still the same: We/You are exactly where you’re supposed to be, and for that matter, exactly where you should be putting your focus.
Now, I know this is not a new concept to most of you, but I think it is a concept that is hard for vast majority of us. We all want to know what is ahead for us as individuals, for our friends and family, for our planet as a whole. We’d all be a lot less stressed if we knew what was coming, though I really doubt that – we’d just find something else to get stress about. One of those other things we tend to perseverate on is the past: what we did (particularly, what we’ve done wrong), what someone else did to us. But neither strategy gets us very far. Why? Because we’re not concentrating on the here and now, not paying attention to what we are doing or who we are doing it with. We might be missing something in this very moment that could help us but we are focusing on something that has already happened that we can’t even change or something that hasn’t even occurred yet and might not ever occur. (Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying we shouldn’t look at our past and learn from it. I think that is the only real use to spending time in the past.)
When you spell it out in this fashion, it seems so logical, it seems to make such sense to stop worrying about something that has already happened or something that has yet to occur – both are things we have no control over whatsoever. Ah…but there is the rub. As logical or as helpful as living in the moment may be, it is something we as humans have the most trouble with.
Why is that? Why does this issue take up so much of our time and our energy? I’m not sure, really. I know it has something to do with choice. Our creator (the humorist that he/she is) gave us free choice: choice to dwell on past events, choice to think about our future… But the choice that children and plants and animals exhibit most often is living in the here and now. Why is that?
I’m not quite sure other than I’ve never met a young child that had to take medication for an ulcer or because their blood pressure was too high. These small beings just might be onto something!
I hope you are onto something as well, in the new year to come – but don’t sit around worrying about it, OKAY!