Buddhists remind us that happiness or suffering is dependent on how we relate to the present moment.
And so, if somewhere nervously out at the periphery of our minds, we would rather belong somewhere else, that’s going to cause us pain.
The goal is to give up of all hope of alternatives to the present moment. The goal is to reach a place of enduring contentment with ourselves.
It’s harder than it sounds.
I have a colleague whose career path took an unexpected but lucrative turn into the world of legal education and training. Sam isn’t an attorney by trade, but his decades of experience as a teacher, comedian, salesman and performer are the perfect combination for that particular role.
He’s very good at his job, his clients love his work, his business is thriving and his family has a great life. But it took him several years to truly own that position. To fully give himself credit for the person he had become in the present.
Because nobody lays in bed at night as a child dreaming about standing in a small conference room teaching eleven patent attorneys how to make more persuasive opening statements. But that’s where his life landed. And it’s filled with joy because he would rather not be somewhere else.
Whatever your present moment consists of, try this.
Instead of avoiding the risk of accidentally embracing something that would make life turn out the way it shouldn’t, bolster your sense of being in the right place at the right time.
Instead of making the present moment into a monster to be defeated or escaped, remind yourself that you have chosen wisely and are exactly where you need to be.
Instead of getting caught in the headlights of tomorrow, own where you are, right now. It makes life so much more enjoyable.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
Are you constantly nibbling away at your commitment to the present moment?
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