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' :)
The Present of Presence
4/ 5Oleh Shamu Boo