“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” Annie Dillard
We lose the power of the moment because we’re so rarely present in it. We’re reliving the past or speculating about the future. Constantly oscillating and prevaricating between what we desire the most and what we are afraid of.
The good news is that 80% of what we are afraid of will not and might not happen. “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step” Martin Luther King Jr.
We erroneously believe that tomorrow is the day when we’ll be more capable, more wealthy, more fit and more loving, more caring, more productive….Meanwhile, we’re just putting in time, dreaming of better things but not making any concrete move to realise them.
When I find myself thinking of a glorious future I bring my awareness into the moment and savour it without judgment. If we can treasure each moment, our lives will be rich, no matter what else we are yet to accomplish.
“If, before going to bed every night, you will tear a page from the calendar, and remark, ‘there goes another day of my life, never to return,’ you will become time conscious.”
— A. B. Zu Tavern
The more you complain about what you don’t have, the less time you’ll have to enjoy the things you already have.
My best wishes always,
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Richie Dayo Johnson is a thought-leader and experiential specialist and consultant on communication and human behaviour.
He works with aspiring leaders, high net worth individuals and multinational organisations in Europe and Africa.
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