Another year has ended and we have left our footprints wherever we have walked. Although we love to look back and relive our lives, the past can never actually be relived.
I love this quote, because it speaks to how I am trying to live each moment.
"Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone;
and do not be troubled about the future, for it has yet to come.
Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering."
Ida Scott Taylor
Living in the now is often difficult. Worrying about what the future holds for us and thinking about past mistakes is human nature, but it is that worry that distracts us from living in the present moment.
We can't change the past and we can't accurately predict the future. Of course, we can learn from our past, and we can plan for things we would like to see happen in the future, but all we truly have is the present moment.
Yesterday I attended my first auction of the year and when I got home and was looking over the things I had gotten, I realized that two of my purchases had cracks that I hadn't seen. My first reaction was to be angry with myself for not paying better attention when I was previewing, but then I stopped, took a deep breath and rethought about how I was feeling in the moment. Both of the things were white ironstone, which I love and I can keep them for myself. I don't care that they aren't perfect. They still make me happy.
So what are some of the things I plan to do to focus on the now and enjoy the moment? Each morning when I wake up I will be grateful to be alive to enjoy the moment. I will practice feeling happy. I will commit random acts of kindness. (Yesterday at the auction I told someone who was having problems getting people to like her Etsy shop that I would mark it as a favorite. Her face lit up and she said what a wonderful way to start the year. Such a small thing for me to do, but it made someone so happy in the moment, and it didn't cost me a thing.) Instead of letting time just slip mindlessly by, I will focus more on the moment.
Life is made of of single moments. They are all we have. How are you enjoying yours?