At this Very Moment

clockby Jonathan Hilton

You might not know it by just looking but at this very moment there are at least a thousand things going on inside my head.  Some of my thoughts are great and some are just, well, thoughts.  They are not all winners but they are all mine, here in no particular order of importance are thoughts that I had today.

Starting the Day

At this very moment I am thinking of the quiet that starts each good morningand every day. It is a space between sleeping and the hurry of the day.  This is the point where a day holds its ultimate potential and I haven’t made one mistake.  Whatever was bothering you the day before, even if it seemed insurmountable has disappeared and been replaced by a small manageable little problem, that I know I can dispense with as easily as a breakfast sandwich on the way to work.

The Little Things

enjoythelittlethingsI am thinking at this very moment about the little things in life. Often times life is not about the big things. The big things will come along and for the most part are scheduled. You can plan and prepare for them.  The big occasions are captured on film and saved in photo albums to relive when the mood hits you.  That can’t fill all of your days, but the little things certainly can.

Do you savor the taste of the food that you are eating, or do you eat out of habit. Are you grateful for each thing that you have or are they all just piled into a group of stuff that you deserve? I believe that the more you appreciate the little things in life, a friend, a talk, a walk, a tree, some flowers, a comfortable seat, a good book, a hot shower, a cup of coffee, or anything else that you experience throughout the day, the happier you will be.

The Music in My Head

MusicAt this moment I am thinking about the music that I like right now and how music makes life much more bearable.  It doesn’t matter to me what genre a song hails from.  A song enters my life, either makes an impression and stays or moves on.  Most often I hear a song and if I like it I add it to a playlist that will forever represent this moment in time to me.  In the days of burned cd’s I would give them names and write notes on them. Now I just write the notes in my head.

Recently I was exposed to this song and I laugh every time I listen to it.  Be careful if you listen because it will get stuck in your head.  This song is another song that I heard on a blog and have really started to like.  Music is the language of the soul, and listening to it adds a spice to life.

 No Need To Hurry

At this moment I am contemplating the fact that the faster you try to go, often times the longer it takes to reach your destination.  The other day I was trying to force finishing an  assignment, no matter what I did, I couldn’t seem to get out of my own way. The next day I focused and relaxed and that same job that was so difficult the day before just flowed out of my brain and onto the computer screen.  It is true in many other aspects of life, hurry to get there, find the answer, get it done quick and you often miss the point of what you are doing.  Much like a car moving too fast to catch your exit.  Slow down, be mindful of what you are trying to accomplish and enjoy the ride.   It is often the journey that you remember even more than the destination.  Relax and enjoy the ride.

You are Right Where You Should be

urlFinally at this moment I have been contemplating the peace that comes from knowing that you are exactly where you should be. There are many times when I get caught up in worrying about something that I really have no control over.  I have a desire to be successful, but no real definition to let me know when I get there.  Then it hits me.  I am right where I should be, all the events in your life have worked together in concert to bring you to this point and you should enjoy the moment.  Then I pause for just a second, feel a sense of appreciation and then move forward with a feeling of happiness and peace. I am grateful for all of the people I have known, the hurdles I have overcome, the wisdom I have gained from all of the lessons I have learned, both easy and hard.

At this very moment I am right where I should be you can’t do much better than that!

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20 thoughts on “At this Very Moment

  1. hopemaltese

    I think you are completely right about being right where you should be. Even if it doesn’t make sense or feel right at the time, something will happen that you will make you think “I really AM where I’m supposed to be”. It’s a curse and a blessing to be human. Always rushing life trying to get to the next exciting point that sometimes we don’t realize that most of the fun is getting there, not actually being there.

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  2. raimyd

    Right where I should be I am, with a cup of coffee and a blueberry bagel reading your great thoughts. I really liked the concept of a music playlist as a way to capture time, much like a photograph would. I take it you’re more of an auditory kind of person, taking in the world one sound at a time. This gives me a good idea, because I’m more visual sometimes I forget to just listen but from now on I will consciously listen to my environment to see what I pick up. Cool post, thanks!

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    1. Jon

      Thank you Raimy for commenting and reading. I think that sometimes I am auditory because I can easily associate a song with an experience. I have been doing that all of my life. I wrote awhile ago about what a nerd I was growing up. I used to write the lyrics to songs down in a notebook. (I was always a notebook guy I guess) so I would know the words to every song I liked. This was way before the days of the internet so you had to record the song off the radio. Onto a cassette tape, check Wikipedia if you need to see what one looks like, and then write it down line by line, pausing the tape about four million times. Then I would still not get all of the words right. Yes I was a nerd and nobody knew it. I appreciate your comment and I hope you enjoy your blueberry bagel. I am having some coffee right now myself. I appreciate your contributions.
      One more quick note, I always write quickly and more efficiently right after reading your blog for some reason. I guess that means I should read your blog more often.

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      1. raimyd

        haha Oh I remember cassette tapes, see I was born in Cuba and we were a little bit technologically impaired. I got the best of both worlds, the 3rd world country experience and the lavish American experience. and Yes by all means read more often, I’ll be doing the same just bouncing off ideas back and forth.

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        1. Jon

          Absolutely! I didn’t know you were from Cuba. That is awesome. You did have the best of both worlds. Lucky lady. You are welcome to visit, comment, think I love your contributions. As I will say a thousand times. You are so lucky to be so aware at such a young age. I was an idiot when I was younger. Never even considered the things I think about now. Thanks Raimy, I have a lot of respect for you because you know what a cassette tape actually is!!

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  3. GoGreenHawk

    I loved this entry. I am one that my brain never shuts up, this is partly why I have so much problem sleeping. I have so many things going on in my brain at one time sometimes it is hard to organize them and separate them out to make sense of them. I described it once as a hurricane in my mind. It even makes it difficult to mediate sometimes. I have started learning some focusing exercises in order to slow my brain down a bit and start getting a “leash” on the hurricane so I don’t drive myself a bit nutty when that “overwhelming” feeling comes over me.

    Very well written, great points made through out the post, and thanks for sharing

    T

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    1. Jon

      Thank you for commenting. I have also been afflicted with the hurricane in my mind, so I understand what you are saying there. Meditation has helped me a lot. I encourage you to keep trying and let the silence comes. If I meditate for 15 minutes I am lucky to get 2 of calm thoughtless existance, but it does get better. I am relatively new to practicing so I try and learn every day. I also know that overwhelming feeling, it is not good, but I have gotten better at dealing with it, and I know that you can too. Thank you again for reading and responding to my post! Is this weekend your show? I wish you all the best of luck with that! Your talent deserves to be recognized.

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      1. GoGreenHawk

        Yes Friday is my show, it is a joint show with other local artist. My studio is in the same building and it will be open for visitors to enter too and my finished art, as well art in progress will be on display. I will try and find time to take some pictures to post on my blog and/or FB later that evening or Sat morning.

        I also have two 16×20 pieces being auctioned off for charity Saturday.

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  4. Kim @ Tranquil Dreams

    Great post!

    Being able to be at peace with living in the moment and that you are where you should be is amazing! My mind runs all over the place and I worry all the time but sometimes, all it takes is to stop and remember that everything happens for a reason and it all happens to get you to where you are now in that mindset that you are now. That usually calms me down. Its like giving myself a little break and not stressing over the things I can’t really control. Things have a way of resolving themselves as they get closer anyways, so why worry so much right? All we need to do is be happy with where we are and enjoy those little moments ;)

    Always enlightening me Jonathan! Love reading your posts :)

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    1. Jon

      Thank you Kim. I know the life of a spy is very stressful. I am glad that you had time to read and comment on today’s post. You strike me as a level headed person who does enjoy the little things in life. Gardens, cooking, romantic comedies, etc. You are an inspiration to many, work at a stressful job and still find time to post things daily. Amazing. :-)

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      1. Kim @ Tranquil Dreams

        You know, I try…life hasn’t really dished me the best of cards and one of the worst years I’ve had was in 2010. After you hit rock bottom emotionally and physically, there really is nowhere to go but up. Sometimes, its just taking the worst situations and finding something good out of it.

        I don’t dive into my personal issues often, maybe once or twice in the last few months but surely, eventually this stress will pile out.

        I may be busy but I still know that having a balanced life means being able to let go of say work and do things I enjoy and one of them is reading (and writing) blogs. Everyone, like yourself, has just so much wonderful, beautiful, enlightening things to talk about.

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        1. Jon

          The cards we are dealt. That is a post subject right there. I have been to this rock bottom that you speak of it is not a nice place. Sometimes change will never come unless there is no other option. Also there are a million examples of greatness that resulted from feeling pain, disappointment or whatever. Personally, I care that you had a bad 2010, I am glad you came through it, but I also appreciate who your are, which is obviously the number one cookie making, movie reviewing, garden visiting, spy in Canada. That is pretty good!

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          1. Kim @ Tranquil Dreams

            Aww..thats so nice of you! I am definitely not number one..I try though ;)
            But its the rock bottom and everything else thats happen that has made me tough. Not much can break me anymore and it gives me a stronger mind :) The ones who get life easy don’t really appreciate life as much as us damaged goods do ;)

  5. djmatticus

    Everything happens for a reason… Sometimes that is easier to beleive than others.

    Great post.

    At the moment I’m thinking about: neeeeeeeeed coffeeeeeeeee, oh, and about a million other things.

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  6. Kozo

    Love this, Jonathan. You filtered out all the useless thoughts and focused on the relevant ones. I love will.i.am.
    My favorite part of your post is at the end. We are where we should be. I am reading your inspirational words and I am grateful. ” I am right where I should be, all the events in your life have worked together in concert to bring you to this point and you should enjoy the moment.” Thanks for the reminder. {{{Hugs}}} Kozo

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    1. Jon

      Thanks Kozo, Good to know you checked the Link, that song is so catchy. I love it. I almost wiped out the rest of the post and just posted the last part. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. It always makes my day, my friend.

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