It is not uncommon to move through a day on a very
strict schedule, moving from event to event merely marking time as a restriction in completing the actions of your day. Move quickly, work quickly, think quickly, love quickly. The conditioning of our lives leads us to value brevity in completing all tasks because it is viewed as the most efficient use of time.
Yet the more efficient I tend to be the less I find the true enjoyment in life. Ticking chores off the to-do list of today, as quick as possible seem to lead to me ignoring the moment and living for the future. The real problem is that the future never arrives.
Where is This Future?
So often I have spent large portions of my life planning for tomorrow, thinking about the future. I went to high school preparing for college, went to college to prepare for a career, started a career to give myself the money and materials to live a life and to prepare for the time when I would retire in 30-35 years. We attach our own expectations to the results of each step as well. Yet we never reach the goal line, until life is over.
The problem I had with this life plan was that after that what would I be preparing for? Death? Eventually, I looked at the scheme and realized that I had been missing some of the best parts of life and they come in each and every moment.
Is This Mindfulness?
Each moment is precious, it contains all that you are and all that you are ever guaranteed to have. Life may be over in the next moment, there is no way to predict. So living in a time in the future is a waste of your time and in fact is impossible to do. You are only ever alive, right now, this second in this moment and each moment provides an opportunity to witness a miracle.
Take your time and look at what is happening, really look. The emotion of loved ones that is exchanged each day. The game you are currently playing, the fish you are trying to catch, the love you share, the task you are completing. Each part of the human experience is placed in your path for you to experience fully and completely. Take your time, drink it in and enjoy it.
Each moment is valuable and potentially life altering. Every moment is as unique from one another as every person’s individuality is one of a kind. Notice this in each moment and life will change for you.
Life isn’t something to get done as quickly and efficiently as possible. It is something to be savored and experienced in each and every moment that you have.
“Loving this world, seeing the beauty in everything.
Appreciating every moment as a beautiful, wholly contained,
pearl of eternal nature, this is the world to me.
A never ending string of pearls…. every moment is in and of its self a lifetime,
and when we have affection and let ourselves experience life without expectation…
that is when the majesty of the world opens her petals to us…
And welcomes us home.” ~ Carlos Castaneda