Are You Present-Minded?

How much do you live life in the present moment?  Or is your daily life a constant mental battle between past problems and future concerns?

While reading again through Dr. Richard Carlson’s book, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff,”  I came across the chapter on being present-minded or “living on purpose,” as author, Dawna Markova, also challenges.  The tendency to not live present-minded is such a wide spread mental trap that most people unknowingly fall into — one which literally steals the joy out of life — that I could not deprive you of the opportunity to discuss it again.

Listen to this quote from Dr. Carlson which aptly describes not living a present-minded life:

We allow past problems and future concerns to dominate our present moments, so much so that we end up anxious, frustrated, depressed, and hopeless.  On the flip side, we also postpone our gratification, our stated priorities, and our happiness, convincing ourselves that “someday” will be better than today.  While we’re busy…our children are growing up, the people we love are moving away and dying, our bodies are getting out of shape, and our dreams are slipping away.  In short, we miss out on life.

With the preciousness of each moment of life, be sure to indulge in the joy of the gifts of life you have in that moment.

Rather than allowing all the joys of life to be stolen by you drivenly trying to solve all life’s past and future problems today, do what you can do today, but be aware now of the gifts of life that are all around you:


-Be aware of the people. Do not skip the opportunities to enjoy them, to touch their lives and be forever changed by them.

-Be aware of the good in your surroundings—the possessions you do have, the sunset, beach or mountains, city skyline, wildlife, etc., and enjoy them.

-Be aware of your gifting.  Take time to enjoy your gifting and hobbies.  When is the last time you painted, danced, or played that musical instrument?  What if today is the only gift to enjoy them?  As the old saying goes, the only moment you are promised is now.

Be present minded!  Live life to the full in each moment!

Enjoy more on this topic:

Living with Purpose and Living Your Purpose

Creating Your Purposeful Life Environment

Cherishing the Ones You Love

Lifestyle:  Enjoyable or Tolerable

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One Response to “Are You Present-Minded?”

  1. Be Intentional About Living Life’s Fullness | Says:

    […] Since August-September usually sees life coming back to a more typical schedule than during seasonal summertime activities, I have been re-checking and fine tuning my life goals.  Part of this process has been making sure that I have time for all the things that bring fulfillment to life — not just career or personal goals — but time for friends, hobbies, and other things that bring lasting memories.  As we were reminded in the quote from Dr. Richard Carlson the other week, the lives of the people we love, and our own lives, will not wait for us to make time for those moments that are fulfilling.  If we stay too busy, those opportunities will be forever lost.  (See the post Are You Present-Minded?) […]

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