Being Satisfied With The Present

So much of our life is spent planning and waiting. There is also a good part of our life that is spent reliving the past. We have to force ourselves to live in the present. But the present is really all that we have. Too often we miss the present, for we are too focused on the past or the future. 

Our family found time in the present for a lovely day on the water.

If the Coronavirus has taught us anything, it is to spend as much time in the present as possible. Since we have been living with the Coronavirus, our ability to plan is in the hands of our governors and other elected officials, for they control much of what we are able to do. Where we can travel, eat, and play is now a decision made with the health of the public taking priority over our personal choices. The ability to be comfortable with the unknown of even the near future is a gift that can keep us centered in the present. The present is really the only place we can be, yet we are too often obsessing over the past and fearing the future to enjoy the present. 

The beach is full of moments to be savored.

In his podcast with Oprah about his book, A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle talks about this, saying, “Become Satisfied with the Present Moment; it is all we have.” This is not intended to sanction a failure to plan, for even when we are in this place of not knowing, we still must plan for what we think will be our future reality. But too much focus on the future takes away the beauty of the present. The same is true about a focus on the past at the expense of the present.

How would you answer the question, “Are you satisfied with the present?” Your affirmative answer to this question holds your magic. For when we accept the present moment, things begin to line up for us.   

About Patti Fralix

Patti Fralix inspires positive change in work, life, and family through Speaking, Consulting, and Coaching in three specialty areas: Leadership, Managing Differences, and Customer Service. Her leadership firm, The Fralix Group, Inc., has been helping clients achieve practical and tangible results for twenty-two years.
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