Are you chasing life instead of living it? Is your attention mostly focused on the things out of your reach? Do you tend to spend a lot of time thinking about what is going to happen? Do you find it difficult to stop and enjoy the moment?
We get used to thinking about what is next spending a lot of time in our heads planning, imagining, thinking about things that are yet to enter our reality. This repeated habit becomes deeply embedded in us and when we finally have time to relax we can’t stop and continue to search our minds for what’s next.
We live for our goals, our future achievements, and destinations, all of which are yet to come. Most of the things that occupy our minds are not here, and still, we choose to think about them repeatedly. What is interesting is that for the most part, we go over repeating the same old thoughts to ourselves day in day out. It seems like a waste of time thinking about familiar thoughts. But they keep popping out reminding us about the things that are important to us. And what is important to us?
Most of us believe that we don’t have what we consider important. Therefore we occupy ourselves thinking about how to get those things, strategizing, worrying, anticipating, and feeling bad about what we don’t have.
We forget that we can enjoy life by shifting our focus on the things that we already have. Our life is full of those things. Just think about the things you can do with your body. But we choose to ignore what we do have in our lives taking for granted many things that provide us with comfort and freedom. Living in the moment is all about the engagement with what you do have, and it doesn’t require effort to recognize that.
Gratitude is effortless. You don’t have to sit and think about the things that you have, their value, and the purpose they serve, that takes effort and energy. Choose to acknowledge the existence of what you have by looking, touching, hearing, feeling and using whatever you have at your disposal, effortlessly.
When we label what we have as obvious, we are depriving ourselves of enjoying the effortless experience of life that is already here. It is awesome to think about things that you want, but with that said don’t waste your time anticipating what is next. The next thing will come either way. The things that are really important to you are already in your life, the more you stop to acknowledge their existence the more you’ll enjoy life as you live it. Live life for the sake of living it at every moment.