Just Being

“God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.” ~ William Shakespeare

Friends and colleagues know that I’m passionate about several principles. Among them is the practice of just being in the moment. Most of us are focused on what once was and what may be. What about living in the now?

Life itself is made up of processes and events that manifest before us only to be swept away as time marches on. Whether we envision ourselves creating a career, building a family, or developing the self, we instinctively know when the time has come for us to realize our dreams because all that is involved comes together connectedly.

Seriously, there’s rarely a reason to rush through life to reach the developmental peaks associated with our chosen paths. Enjoying and fully experiencing the journey of life is as important as achieving goals and reaching milestones. Yet we often skip the now and in lieu of appreciating it, we’re frequently looking and projecting into the future.

When we pause, there are significant lessons we can learn during those “now” moments that we cannot learn at any other time. Appreciating them takes patience. Yet, as humans we tend to focus on the fulfillment of expectations versus the simple joy of just being. Why not relish anticipation as an alternative?

Maybe you’ve wished for a TiVo-like device that would give you the ability to fast forward through some of your existence. Yet haste is by its very nature is much more stressful than serene fortitude. When you feel yourself growing impatient because the pace of your development is seemingly slow, remember that everything will occur in your life in its own time.

Consider tempering your urge to accelerate events and outcomes. It will give you room to observe your learning, changing and becoming stronger. There is so much to experience in between the past and the future. If you’re patient enough to appreciate all that is unfolding, the journey will seem to take no time at all.

As Dr. Seuss said, “You are you. Now, isn’t that pleasant.” Pull out a lounge chair. Appreciate the colored lights. Surf the waves. Whatever you choose, just “be”, and savor the now.

10 thoughts on “Just Being

  1. Great piece Eric, my favorite (Horace, 23 BC) saying of all times….
    Happy the man, and happy he alone,
    He, who can call today his own,
    He, who, secure within, can say,
    Tomorrow do thy worst,
    For I have lived today….

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  3. Thanks for this! Inspiring reminder. I would like to posit though that it is more a Western trait to be obsessed with fulfilling expectations rather than a human one. I have found many communities who are in fact much more in tune with the now than I have ever managed myself πŸ™‚ and they have been an Inspiration…

    • I am aware of and concur with your accurate posit. I tend to forget that when writing, we have a global readership. I appreciate your helping to realign my focus. Thanks, too, for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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  5. Such an insightful post. Savouring the present is a disposition I always strive towards, but the ever looming eclipse of future and the lingering pall of the past always prevent me from never quite realising it.

  6. Thank you for your kind words. Bravo for savoring “it” when you are! May I suggest you reconsider “never quite realizing it.” As with meditating, often times we’re actually “there” but we allow our mind to believe otherwise. I think a wonderful space of being is exactly when you are savoring. Appreciate whatever it is that you are being in any given moment, as fleeting as it seems.

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