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A Simple Path – To the Gift of Now

By on Nov 14, 2012


“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” ~ Cherokee Proverb

There’s some much going on around me, and inside of me. Appointments, commitments and unexpected challenges seem to pop up every day. With so much to do, I’m often thinking about what just happened, or anticipating what’s about to happen next.

This distracted thinking keeps me from appreciating something simply amazing – the gift of now.

The gift of now helps me appreciate my family; the comfort of my home; and the awareness that my life matters.

The gift of now helps me appreciate the bliss of a peaceful moment; the warmth of love’s amazing presence and each grace-filled moment.

The gift of now helps me realize the depth of my faith; the size of my heart and the passion that still burns inside me.

But more than anything, the gift of now gives me strength.

While I can’t stop the distractions from creeping in, I can remember to pause when the noise becomes too loud. To help me find the now, I’m learning to do the following things more often. When I do, the gift of now has a way of tapping me on my shoulder, quieting my mind and then spreading its peace over me:

  • Be grateful. Gratitude will be returned naturally and beautifully.
  • Slow down and do nothing. Take 15 minutes each day to give yourself time to think. Allow the inspiration to flow.
  • Complete one item on your “to do” list. Returning the overdue telephone call, cleaning-up your email inbox, or getting an oil change will give you a sense of peace.
  • Eat at least one good meal. Eat healthily every day. Give yourself the nourishment to feel strong, bold and alive.
  • Listen, really listen. Be present for whoever needs it.
  • Focus on one thing at a time. You can’t be all things to all people.
  • Stay true to what you believe. Find peace in your personal beliefs by not compromising who you are.
  • Say “I love you” to the people you love and cherish. Do so with heartfelt sincerity. Don’t wait; tell them today; tell them right now.

Sometimes the simple path to the gift of now begins by making the choice to focus more on what brings you happiness and less on what’s urgent.

Tomorrow will be a busy day. And like today, when the world starts spinning a little too fast, I will close my eyes, reduce the speed and receive the gift of now so I can rediscover the things that matter most.

What is A Simple Path?

This post is in A Simple Path, a twice-weekly series of short pieces inspired by my own life experiences. Each post is a simple path to experiencing something wonderful: maybe seeing life from a different perspective, or celebrating its beauty. Click here to read all posts in the series.

The BridgeMaker Founder Alex Blackwell is the author of Letting Go: 25 True Stories of Peace, Hope and Surrender. Join the community to connect, share and inspire: Twitter | Facebook | More Posts

  • Carmelo

    Distracted thinking … it’s often the norm for us as the world whizzes on by. i try to find it amusing. I try to just observe the mind as it does its thing. It plays a song in my head, it worries about tomorrow and feels guilty about yesterday all while I’m trying to get something done … or avoid doing something!

    And all the while the present moment is just there waiting. The observation of the mind is where I finally reconnect with the present. And I come home.

  • Ben

    Hey Alex, I really enjoyed this post! I really think your on to something with the Gift of Now! With all the different distractions vying for our time and attention, simply taking a moment to breath in the moment that we are in can do wonders! We should pause and take note of the simple things around us such as colors of the fall leaves, or the flight of flock of birds. There is so much that can be enjoyed at any moment!

    • There certainly is Ben. I love your example of the fall leaves – fall is my favorite season of the year because of its beauty and promise for change.