“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.