THE HERE, THE NOW, THE PRESENT
How To Stay Present When You’re Constantly Chasing The Future
I’ve just started reading the book Sapiens, and even 30 pages in my mind is already boggled by not only the history of our being that I wasn’t truly aware of (I highly recommend reading the history of Homo Sapiens … fascinating) , but even more so by the reality of our incessant goal chasing and the ‘more more more’ reality we’ve very clearly made for ourselves. I’m only at the beginning of this beast of a book and it’s enlightening … and not necessarily in a good way.
The reality is we do always look for more. We forget all to often to live in the present, be grateful for what we have (big and small), appreciate the moment, those around us, what we’ve achieved. We’re driven by what’s next, what’s new, what’s more.
It’s a reality I can associate with. And it’s one I don’t like.
Whether it’s my personal career and my continued ambition and drive to achieve new goals, hold new positions and tick off new career milestones. I am fully aware my ambition in my career is and will always be relentless … I don’t feel it’s okay to stop and sit on my laurels, there’s always more to learn, more to do, more to prove and more roles to take on up the career ladder.
I can even see the ‘renovation pipe dream’ stopping Jase and I from appreciating the moment, being grateful for what we have as our first home, as we plan our renovation – you can’t help but fall into a future focussed living where you’re constantly looking at what you’ll have, what you want, instead of what you have right now. Jase in particular can get into a more pessimistic mindset as a result.
It’s why mindful living, focussing on your present, living in the moment and finding calm is just so so important. In a world where we’re running at 40 mph everyday, we must find ways for ourselves to mentally and physically slow down … don’t rush away our years, before we’ve had them, and not race to achieve when really being truly happy is what counts.
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I’ve spent the last few years really trying to live a little more mindfully, and living in the present is critical to that. I always take note of things i’m happy for, I try to keep calm (i’m actually also reading the book Calm at the same time … read into my book selections as you will), I focus on the positives always (i’m a natural optimist which helps) and I really do try to retain perspective at all times. Something I personally believe is imperative for happiness, empathy & integrity.
Anyway, the point …
Whilst we’re all ambitious people, we’re all driven, smart & packed with potential to achieve our wildest dreams. I just wanted to remind you, here today, to not forget to live in the moment. Not to rush & constantly put pressure on yourself to achieve RIGHT NOW, not to think you have to do it all immediately, have everything right now, be everything to everyone all the time.
It’s good to stop, be present, be calm & look after yourself a little more. Life isn’t a race, and once it’s all been and done of course achievement will mark your years, but it’s the memories and happiness that’ll be the most important. Don’t lose track of that on your bid to get to the top, immediately.