Question of the Day:
What can I do, right now, to enjoy my life,
without looking into the future or hanging onto the past?
I have been held back by my past:
-Marriage and Divorce
-among other things
I keep working toward the future:
-among other things
There is a gap between past and future, and it is NOW... as humans we tend to focus on the beginning and end, but forget that life happens in the dash, in the journey.
If I am living in this moment, what can I do to live more fully right now?:
-Go to the lakes and see pretty things
-Notice people and things that make me happy or inquisitive
-Learn about all the things I ponder (documentaries, books, museums)
-Make art! Think creatively
-Take care of my body... with compassion and grace
We don't always have to be working on or building our future lives. I am realizing that it will always be future goals, I will always want it to be better or I will find defects in myself and be driven to improve before I feel worthy of anything positive. I can BE without having a goal in every moment.
I can sit at Perkins and read something other than school/self-help books.
I can go to a park without a reason.
I can drive around aimlessly just to feel the breeze and look at the clouds.
I don't need to judge and justify every action, reaction, and thought. I can just BE without being overly concerned with the outcome or gain that I could achieve by certain actions. I am starting to understand the concept of "living in the now".
Being goal oriented can be a way to accomplish things in life, and that is an awesome quality to possess; however, just like anything, too much can be detrimental. Over achieving has given me a way to run away from the past and to pull me forward from where I am right now.
Guess what!?! - I am safe from my past, it is over. I get to learn from it and have the privilege of not having to relive it. Just because I allow it to be over doesn't mean that I am invalidating that it happened or that it hurt, I am merely taking back the power that my offenders took from me a long time ago (and the power that I let them keep). I also am not a slave to my future, God says he has my plans laid out, and I trust that... no amount of work or toil will make Him love me any less or take away anything positive that He has planned for me.
I have made it,
I have worked hard, survived, and kept my faith.
It is time to LIVE.