Whether you know it or not, you are here, right now, at this moment, in the present moment of your life. But are you really here?
Are you absent? I don’t mean as in absent minded or playing hooky from school. I’m interested in whether you are connected to the people the your life. For example, a friend arrived for Easter dinner, muted cell phone in hand, with her sister on the other end talking on and on into oblivion. As she walked through the door, put a casserole in the oven and poured herself a drink, she was clearly not present with her sister. Instead, she had moved on, into the ‘future moment’ taking care of herself and what she wanted next and next and so on. Made me think about how many times I’ve been the one on the other end of phone calls and wondered how often I’ve been muted as others move on with their lives.
Are you stuck? Bad relationships, painful mistakes and embarrassing moments can keep us fixated in the past. Sometimes it’s useful, even healing to reflect and reminisce. Today, however, my planning for an important meeting is constantly interrupted by memories of poorly managed conflict and hurt feelings. If I’m not mindful, I end up lost in time passed, trying to change moments already over – and likely to produce more missteps tomorrow and so on and so on.
Are you here? Psalm 118:24 reads, “This is the day the Lord has made. Let’s rejoice and be glad today”. Notice that God doesn’t point us to yesterday, or tomorrow, but to today. You and I, we are right here. There’s no doubt about it. Pause with me, double check. Who do appreciate in this moment? What decision can you finally make? What blessings do you most appreciate