Thursday, January 2, 2014

transformation on a thursday....focusing on the now

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?



  1. Great post :) Wow your first auction and you scored some ironstone. Maybe the cracks have a history :)

  2. Love this post and how true it is. We all worry about what the future will bring and we all look back at the mistakes we made. I try to live by "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift and that's why they call it the present".

  3. Love that quote, Laura! One of my goals this year is to try and live in the moment. Happy New Year to you!

  4. I love that quote, too. I am under the weather today so I may spend some time writing in my journal and thinking of things I want to enjoy this year. But I am very thankful for a nice home and comfortable p j s today! heehee! Sweet hugs

  5. Thank you for this post! After such a wonderful year but one filled with many changes, I am facing 2014 and wondering my direction. Living in the now, being present in each moment is exactly what I need to do. Thank you again for sharing your journey as it has made such a difference in my life also!

  6. Great post, Laura. I am trying to live in the moment this year- and not dwell on the past or worry about the future. You are on the right path and I hope to walk it with you this year- xo Diana

  7. I love that quote and your inspiring post as well. Happy New Year, Laura.

  8. Hi Laura,

    Living in the moment and trying to roll with.. rather than getting all worked up is so important. Wonderful post!

  9. A wonderful post, and reminder to live in the moment.

  10. Living in the moment is a big thing for me as well. My focus for the year is similar...Living Intentionally. Check out my blog to see how I'm doing this.
    As for your cracked ironstone, many people like ironstone with cracks, myself included. You may be able to sell them yet!
    Happy 2014!

  11. I've read some wonderful quotes the past couple of days on blogs, and yours is one of the very best. I like the idea of living in the present, making it beautiful so it's worth remembering :D

    Happy New Year!


  12. I'm not very good at not worrying, but I try to live in the now a lot more than when I was young. Happy New Year!

  13. It is a challenge to stay in the moment... but, oh, how worth it when we can. Seems to be very brief though before other thoughts crowd in and distract me from the JOY. I guess every moment we can is one more that we might have missed if we hadn't been trying to discipline ourselves to do it! Good luck to the both of us in this coming year! blessings ~ tanna

  14. I look forward to your inspirational posts on Thursdays. I've started a new blog about acts of goodwill. They can be so powerful.
    Have you ever thought about doing a link party for your Thursday posts?


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