If this life is one act
Why do we lay all these traps?
We put them right in our path
When we just wanna be free
Jason Mraz, “Living in the Moment”
Okay, perhaps I set the bar too high with my goal for a daily blog. I was too busy living to sit down over the weekend and write. Unplugging from technology is becoming vital to my happier existence. (You should try it too). So I guess that’s a good thing – I was living in the moment, accomplishing at least one important long-term goal. That being said, I’m revising my original plan from a daily blog to a whenever-the-inspiration-hits blog. (I’m aiming high here, folks.)
It seemed fitting that I recently came across a journal entry I wrote on a sunny 62-degree day last June on how being present in everyday life can lead to a more fulfilling existence on earth. I’ll expound here on some ideas I jotted down after recently watching a movie called About Time.
In the film, 21-year-old Tim discovers he can travel back in time. (If you haven’t seen the movie, you may want to go watch it before you continue reading.) Tim uses his ability to go back and relive certain moments of his life to try and change what happened the first time around. He eventually becomes obsessed with changing what happened in the past with the hopes of making his current life better. It of course begins to backfire on him and produces some pretty disastrous consequences. You know, like when Marty McFly’s hand starts to disappear in the photograph.
His self-conversations become all consuming. “If only I’d done this differently, maybe this wouldn’t have happened. If I go back and change that, my life would be better now.” We’ve all experienced this. “If only I could take back what I said or didn’t say or what I did or didn’t do.”
As he journeys back and forth from past to present and present to past, he comes to the realization that by constantly leaving his present life to “fix” his past life, he’s never really IN his current life.
Tim decides to travel back one last time not to change any one thing, but to live it like it was the first time he had ever lived it. By doing this one small but often very difficult thing, he sees that he had the power within himself all along to influence others, himself and his life in a positive way without actually changing the events of his past.
After that he no longer returned to the past. Tim was living in each moment without looking back. He listened to people and became more aware of their feelings, which enriched his life and theirs.
Unfortunately for us we don’t have the luxury of a do-over. We only have one life. We can choose to be happy or merely exist. I don’t want to simply exist.
Growing up my mom use to say, “get where your feet are, Catherine.” I think we all struggle with our feet hurrying off in every other direction except where they are planted. It’s even worse for us in today’s world of constant distraction. Maybe we are all connecting too much in the wrong way.
For today, try putting down your phone, stop wishing you were somewhere else and focus on what’s in front of you. Be a good listener to that friend.
Be content with where you are in the moment because it’s probably where you’re supposed to be.
So I just let go of what I know I don’t know
And I know I’ll only do this by
Living in the moment
Living our life
Easy and breezy
With peace in my mind
With peace in my heart
Peace in my soul
Wherever I’m going, I’m already home
Jason Mraz, “Living in the Moment”