Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Now is Now...not Forever

We are often encouraged to live each day at a time. To be present and to absorb each moment. This is all sound advice.

However, we often hold onto the present far too tight. Whether it's a "bad" present or a "good" present, we often think it is here forever.

Not so. I just took my 5 year old to her first day of kindergarten just this week. There is the reality that a chapter in our lives has closed and now a new one is here. Whether it is a good chapter or a bad one, change is most likely a guarantee in our lives, both at work and at home.

When people face work challenges; perhaps a bad boss, a challenging time of layoffs, or just the wrong job. It is hard to see that what you are living in is not going to be here forever. You may even grow disheartened and discouraged. I believe that is because you glorify the past. We always think the past is sooooo much better than it really was. Get real with the past and accept where you are now. And remember that a new day, a new present moment, will always bring new opportunities.

I see this often with the struggle of working moms. They mourn what they can't do in their present "now", and by mourning they miss what they are doing "now."

Now is now, not forever. Accept it and live it. Look forward by not glorifying the past.

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