Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Present of Presence




I took that shot this evening while out for a walk.  Being a big fan of fall, I was not going to miss this early evidence of its return.  But it made me think about this thing "anticipation."  How much of my life is spent elsewhere then where I am at that moment?
 
 
 
Truth be told, quite a bit of my time I am not present in the moment.  Instances like the sun hitting the leaves or the beautiful, peaceful waters of the creek above (also on our walk) help center me, help focus me on where I am.  And I find such great value in staying in the present.  So much is going on around me even when it seems nothing is.  Opportunities happening right now can be lost if I am drifting elsewhere.
 

 
 
So the trick is to take the connection to "right now" that I feel so strongly in places like on the storm swept seawall of a lighthouse to sometimes boring, ho-hum work, or driving, or anytime I normally let my memories and imagination remove me.  Not that memories and imaginations should not be exercised vigorously, just not at the expense of being present.  Because your presence, not just your attendance (2 different things) is a wonderful present you can give to those in your life.  And not sharing that with them can lead to distance between you, a loss of connection.  Life is never about just "showing up", it's all about what you do when you get there.
 

 
 
Now, as far as where my mind goes (embarrassing confession time), I often find myself dreaming of being a rock star in my less-present moments.  And, coincidently enough, turns out Buddy does too.
 
 

 
 
On that note, I must be present elsewhere.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hug yourself for me, have a magnificent start to your week, and keep on rockin' :)


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September 22, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Lovely post...true nuff.
Oh my buddy.

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September 22, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Haha your picture with the cat is so funny !

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September 23, 2013 at 3:46 AM

To the point article and I can't wait to attend that rock concert of you both ;-)

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September 23, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Tom Purry is his stage name.

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September 23, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Thanks so much, gorgeous. Buddy has the soul of a goofball just like me :)

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September 23, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Yes, we are opening for Purr-oon 5 next week. Tickets are going fast, like a little red laser dot kind of fast :x)

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September 23, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Haha, who doesn't daydream of being a rockstar?

The Dragonfruit Diaries

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September 24, 2013 at 3:05 AM

Great post, so true!!! And amazing photos. Who doesn't have dreams? Even Buddy hahaha.
xoxoxo

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September 24, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Cats and people alike apparently :) You would make a good rock star with those cool clothes.

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September 24, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Thank so much, Sweet Amy. I think you are following your dream quite well from the looks of it. So happy for all your success. You deserve it. Buddy thinks so too :)

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