Living in the future is easy.
We all do it sometimes.
We look forward to some event or goal.
We allow it to consume our attention until that special day arrives.
Then the future is here.
We have made our goal or accomplishment.
Now what do we do?
We make another one!
Which is all fine and dandy, unless it keeps us from living in the present.
When we live in the present we can still march towards our goals.
Yet we become more aware of our steps.
We see more of our surroundings.
We feel more of the wind on our face.
When we are truly being present to our lives we are engaged more fully.
We pay attention to the here and now and what is right before us.
When we live in the future we put off our enjoyment.
We delay our happiness.
We forgo our peace and live as if we are constantly running.
It is not an external running, but an internal running.
We are always longing for the next big thing.
The next shiny object.
The next promotion.
When we are present we are living our lives to the fullest.
We are happy, sad, joyful, terrified, anxious, and much more.
And we feel all of it.
We feel it deeply and in our whole body.
It can be scary and it can be exhilarating.
Mostly though, it is just what is feels like to be alive.
We can share our presence with those we love in a manner that truly serves.
And we can revel in the moments that make us feel amazing.
It is all here waiting for us.
In the present moment.
~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant