The Power of Now

“In between all your goals, priorities, obligations, and everything else that might appear on one of your upcoming to-do lists, there are moments called “life” that still have to be lived and enjoyed.” ~ Marc & Angel Chernoff

We read and hear a lot about the power of now. When thinking about it, now is actually when everything is happening. We can plan for the future, but it hasn’t happened yet. The past has already happened and though some try to live in it, it isn’t possible. The best thing to do is embrace the experience, lessons and wisdom learned as well as cherish the memories.

Many of us are in pursuit of our dreams and goals, so much of what we do is with the future in mind. While it is important to map out and plan for what we want to do in the days, months and years ahead, we also need to remember to live and enjoy the now.

Now is the time for us to let go of the things that no longer require our attention or a place in our lives and home. We need to get rid of the clutter, clothing and other items that are no longer needed as well as letting go of anything else in our lives that is not contributing to our peace, happiness and well-being. That might mean letting go of a friendship or relationship that is no longer a positive in our life or is holding us back in some way.

Now is the time to do the things we’ve put off. Read that book that’s been sitting on the shelf, plant a garden, do art, enjoy a spa day or go to a concert in the park. When taking a walk, going on a hike or traveling, enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the surroundings on the trail, where we live or of a new place.

Now is the time to spend with those whom we care about and have fun with. Do the things today with friends, family and loved ones that will create the memories for tomorrow. It will allow us to enjoy those fun moments twice.

Now is the time to share words of love, appreciation and encouragement with those close to us. Our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles will not always be with us, so they need to know how much we appreciate them and all they’ve done for us. We also need to let our kids know how much we love them, are proud of all they've done and learned and that we’re glad they are a part of our life.

Now is the time to be open and share how we feel with the person in our life who has touched your heart in some way. Whether it’s a written card or verbally letting them know how we feel, that moment of courage to be vulnerable allows us to live a life of no regrets. So many words and feelings of affection are left unsaid because of our fear to share or fear of how the other person might respond. The focus should be on the sharing of feelings and not the response. Communicating what we feel now is important. Love, as an action and a choice, is a “now” emotion. You can love a person for a lifetime, but it is in the now where you choose, say and show how you feel.

Now is a powerful place to be. It is a place to share, experience, dream, do, and best of all, to love. ~ © 2015 T. A. Garcia

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