Life Begins Now

We’ve all heard that saying, “Patience is a virtue”. I just recently noticed how impatient I used to be when I was younger. I literally lived by the clock. I had my day planned out hour by hour. I had to. With a full time job and going to school full time, I never had time for anything else. And I was busy chasing a dream…

Now I don’t believe in living by the clock. It took a long time for me to get to this point. In an age where most people are in a rush to get somewhere, I may be considered too laid back, or even “abnormal”. And so I wonder, how has most of society become so impatient? Some people over schedule themselves and then there are people who are just simply impatient. Then there are people who are in a rush to get to the life that they have dreamed of. They won’t be happy until such and such happens. Having “the good life” is contingent upon our dreams being fulfilled. I used to be that person…

What some of us don’t realize is that life begins now. The life that we dream of living is already in the making. It is now. Somehow we get caught up in what is missing in our lives. There is usually one aspect of our lives that we don’t particularly care for. Whether it be your job, where you live, or your mate, we wish things could be different. It may be that you are in that particular situation because it is preparation for the next level of life. If you are in a rush to get to that next level, you may be missing something that is happening right now. It’s good to have goals in life and dream of a great future, however, don’t get so caught up in the dream that you lose the opportunity now to make memories for the future.

Here are some exercises to use when you feel that you are not living in the “now”:

Close your eyes and take three deep, long breaths. Focus on freeing your mind of any thoughts. If a thought comes to mind, imagine yourself blowing the thought away and it disappearing like a puff of smoke. When you open your eyes you’ll feel more relaxed and able to focus.

Another exercise is to be used whenever you are in line at the grocery store, bank, or wherever. When you feel yourself starting to become impatient, stop and look around you. Usually there’s someone with a baby or small child in front or back of you. Just imagine yourself as that child who is just living in the moment – taking in all the surroundings and happy to just be.

You should spend no more than 20 minutes a day thinking about your future, and you should never dwell on the past. Take your life back and enjoy what it has to offer now. Life begins now…

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks...
I needed that today...

Maria Palma said...

You're welcome! It's my pleasure and I'm just glad to be of service ;)

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