Hi everybody! Hope you had a fabulous weekend. I’m very lucky to be spending time in Colorado skiing and hanging out with friends for the next week.
Here’s a quick and dirty Sunday Shift post to get you ready for the upcoming week.
Thoreau is an author whose work I constantly come back to for inspiration and grounding. In his essay, “Walking”, he writes on our human relationship with nature. It’s both jovial and serious, and full of inspiring thoughts.
One point that he makes that I constantly try to remember and practice is the following: “Above all, we cannot afford not to live in the present. He is blessed over all mortals who loses no moment of the passing life in remembering the past.”
Although Thoreau’s point is mostly focused on not living in the past, I also attributed it to not living in the future.
I think most of us know this, but struggle with making it a habit. It’s difficult to not let our thoughts drift to what’s happening next, or to what we said or did the day before. However, we must stay present in order to live more at peace with ourselves and others.
In thinking about the past, we often think back to events, frustrated at something we did or said. Or perhaps we see the past through rose-colored lenses, reminiscing on the “good old days”. When absorbed in future events, we concern ourselves with what we’re going to do or say, or put our expectations on how something will turn out. In either mindset, we remove ourselves from what is right in front of us, to instead focus on something we cannot change.
The past is inevitably a part of who we are today, but it doesn't own us. The future is something we try to plan and control, but things will happen that you can’t expect. By focusing on the before or the after, we're missing on what's happening in the right now. Let’s allow ourselves to act present so we can be better listeners, more patient, more thoughtful, less anxious, and more open - and that’s never a bad thing, right?
You're amazing, I love you. Have a fantastic week!