“We are always getting ready to live but never living.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Olympic gold medal winners were asked in the last games, “What will you do now that you have accomplished your goal?”. I heard two different people (on two separate occasions) say, “I don’t know – I just want to focus on the moment”.
A wandering mind is an unhappy mind.
I believe that many of us don’t live in our moment. Our body may be here, but our mind is somewhere in the past or future, or another reality. We have become escape artists of the present, avoiding the unpleasant circumstances of the moment. Matthew Killingsworth said,
“Human beings have this unique ability to focus on things that aren’t happening right now. Our present can become devoured by day dreaming and fantasy or other mental time zones”.
A study found that people spend nearly half their time (46.7%) thinking about something other than what they are actually doing. The team concluded that reminiscing, thinking ahead or day dreaming tends to make people more miserable, even when they are thinking about something pleasant.
Happy is the person who embraces their moment.
Paul’s words counter this trend in all of us when he said, “Let each man abide in that calling wherein he was called” (1 Corinthians 7:20). “Abide”, says Leonard Sweet, is “a state of here-ness” – I add “now-ness”. Abiding is not just about being in a place, but about embracing your moment, mind, body, and soul. The danger of living in a fantasy is that it takes you away from the “here & now” of your purpose.
We know that we are to embrace “Now” because NOW is when and where God put us.
He didn’t put us 100 years in the past or future, but here and Now.
It says beautifully of David, that “after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep” (Acts 13:36).
The happiest times of our lives are when our entire being, body and soul and spirit are totally immersed in the moment and in the experience.
Whatever presents itself for you to do, do it with [all] your might, because there is no work, planning, knowledge, or skill in the grave where you’re going.