We have all heard the advice that to truly enjoy life, we must live in the present. But so many times that is not possible, or so it seems. Because to live in the present, we have to quiet the fears of the future and the heartache of the past. We must let both go enough to hold onto what is right in front of us to enjoy it fully.
But how exactly do we do that? I don’t know really, except that we must get to as point where we are in balance. Homeostasis. And in this day and age of everything bigger, faster, thinner, better…that can be hard to do. It can be hard to turn off the mind and all that makes noise.
The last two years have been quite noisy for me. So much tragedy and loss. And it took a long time to get to this place now. A lot of mourning and wondering. But finally, I am in this place of homeostasis. And I almost do not know what to do with it. And isn’t that the case in life? We finally achieve that which we hoped to attain, only to look around and not know what to do with it.
Except that there is nothing to do now, except be present in the moment and enjoy. And to keep that balance, every day. And maybe that is where the “what to do” comes in. We must make a decision, every day, that we will do our best to quiet the mind and keep the balance, And Once you get the balance, maybe the key is to be so lost in the present moment, that all else is suspended.
The summer is coming and with it brings a lot of activity in life. There are get-togethers and trips, yard work and nights sitting out on the back deck. There will be dinner with friends, movie nights, long nights, late nights and looking at the stars nights. There will be lots of laughter, some tears, challenges and everything that is life.
And with all of these things, the ups, the downs, I feel a sense of calm. A sense that I am exactly where I need to be right at this very moment. I am no longer mourning the past, or anxious for the future. I am presently, happily, present. And it feels good.
There are still worries that will come up, but for the first time in a long time, the seas are calm.
And I will enjoy this moment, I will be so present that I will drink it up and bathe in it, very second. Breathe it in, digest, and feel it’s magic. The magic of life and love and adventure and summer and the present.