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Sunday, August 30, 2009

In the moment


At times, it’s easy for me to take an instant step back and reflect upon what was and feel nothing other than thankfulness that what was then, is no longer my truth today. Other times, turning around and looking back, I can instantly feel the emotions over what happened then. All too often, feeling emotions that come with revisiting the days of yesterday, leaves me pondering over who I would be today if I hadn’t walked that road. Would I like me better? What would my life be like today? Tomorrow?

When I speak of the past, I speak of those experiences that left me bruised, battered, and worn…experiences I chose for myself and those that were chosen for me. In many aspects, I am thankful for the gift of remembering things from the past so that I can learn from them, for today and tomorrows benefit. I am grateful for the wisdom I gained having walked through those fires. Yet, there is living with regret over bad choices…over even those things I might not have been dictator of or caused. I wonder if I might have handled those things better, or wiser, just maybe, things could have been different.

There was a time in my life that I lived in fear of the past…fear of what the past meant or said about me…a time in which I feared remembering…a time when it didn’t feel safe to look back… a time in which I feared admitting that this is what I’ve done, but this is who I am today. I am realizing that it took a lot of courage to look those things in the face for what they were….the sin’s of other’s yes, but the hardest to look at were my own. It has taken much courage to let go and forgive. And I mean, really forgive. This past, these yesterday’s, are my history. The bottom line is that I cannot control or change what is my history. If I don’t choose to accept this fact, I stay stuck behind and not able to live happily in today.

These experiences are part of me. No matter how far I’ve ever ran, in hopes of escaping those experiences, I could never get away from them, because they are part of me. I have this saying…”Where ever I go, there I am.”

This past does not dictate who I am today, but this past has been instrumental in shaping me to be who I am today. Who I am today and the experiences of today, will likely prepare me for what will come tomorrow. I can worry or fear the things of the future…that I won’t be prepared for this or that. Just as thinking about yesterday, steals me away, thinking about tomorrow, also takes me away from what is before me in the here and now.

Living in the moment is difficult to do when you are dealing with old baggage from the past or still feeling hurt over something that happened yesterday. Living in the moment can be hard when you are fearing or worrying about tomorrow. Living in the moment is difficult for me, because, as a mother, wife, grandma, and friend, I can be pulled into so many directions. I can get so caught up in “doing” or working or whatever duty calls that I lose out on the gift of the many moments that fill my day. I miss out on who is present here with me. I miss out on the beauty of those things that might be considered trivial or mundane because I take them for granted. I miss out because I focus on things that are just material or will eventually perish. Sometimes, I miss out because I am too busy taking myself and life too seriously. Sometimes, I miss out because I'm just not paying attention. When I am focusing soley on yesterday or tomorrow, I miss out on the every day joy that is mine for the taking.

While it’s okay to reflect back to yesterday and bring to today the wisdom I gained from it, I must not keep my foot planted there. While it is good and responsible to plan for tomorrow and whatever the future might bring, planting a foot into worrying or fearing what is to come next or about this or that, will not do me or those around me, any good. Instead I aim to plant both of my feet into the moments of today.

The sun has risen to a new day. Maybe, this is why today is such a gift. Today I grab a hold of the every day joy. Today, in spite of the pain the flows through my body, I choose to take in today’s gifts, whatever they may be. I will be in the moment and not miss out. Today is a gift to do it all over again…a do over… a chance to hit “refresh”.

Love and hugs, Lori

PS Thank you for the prayers!

20 comments:

Nancy said...

You have spent time looking back and studying your life, which has given you great insight into what is important for today. I know the feeling of revisiting painful places, and sometimes it helps, and sometimes it just drags me back.

Busy Bee Suz said...

You are always learning and sharing. I love this. I learn so much from your wisdom.
Hugs & take care,
Suz

Beth said...

My mother used to tell me, "Never look back." I think she may have been on the right track - but sometimes in the looking back we can appreciate where we've come from.

This was a great, heartfelt post.

Joanna Jenkins said...

We have a saying in our house... "baby steps". Even if it's a baby step, just keep moving forward.

What a beautiful and heartfelt post Lori. Thank you for sharing it with us.

xo

Ginger said...

This is exactly how I feel, too. Only I am so busy treading water and trying to keep from drowning in a sea of responsibility that I don't have time to say it or type it. And I agree with you about regret. It's the hardest part of life, I think.

Kathryn Magendie said...

Hugs to you, and I'm still so proud of you for quitting smoking! Since April !!!

Brittany said...

Ohh mom, I am so proud of the person you have CHOSEN to be. Looking back is hard... facing struggles is even hard. You have had your fair share, but you are such a strong, wonderful and careing person. You have CHOSEN to take those things and make a positive out of a negative. You are so beautiful inside and out, I'm so proud to call you my mom :) I love you to the moon and back!

Jason, as himself said...

Ahhh, living in the moment. Much easier said than done. We're always dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. I want to live in the moment better.

Bella said...

so nice of you to drop over!

this is a beautifully expressed and heartfelt post. i think we all have regrets at some point, but we make the best decision available at the time, right or wrong...that's all we can hope to do.

Natalie said...

Lori, those words are so wise and from the heart.
Thank you for sharing them, you have a gift. xx♥

bernthis said...

I could not agree with u more. I had a hard time at one point looking back and then one I finally got that I cannot change the past and as long as I learn from it and I have that's what matters

Bina said...

I always wish I could be more like you. I wish I could only remember the good things, and only what I learned through the bad. I wish that I didn't dwell, and truly, I try so very hard not to. But who I am, I fear, is a direct result of my past childhood, and most times I realize that probably isn't a good thing.

I think mostly, I live in the present. I don't WANT to remember the past, and I don't want to prepare for the future, because if you take care of NOW, everything else should fall in to place, right?

Jan said...

You know, Lori, this just resonated with me.

Because those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. Those who dwell in the past will never move into the future.

Hugs, girl.

steppinthru said...

There is a song that says "if that's what it takes to get me this far, then bring on the pain" (or something like that) but that is truth. It has taken the pain,the fears, the good days and the bad days to make us the women we are today. It that is what it took to get us to this point then "bring it on". Take care, Sweetie!

Bogey said...

Lori, it is our past that defines and shapes us. But, it is the wisdom we take from our past that affords us an opportunity to hold our heads high. To teach new generations, or at best, to convey to them, the tales of our journey of who we are today. If we could look thru the daily pages of our lives and witness the creation of every line etched in our faces, would that satisfy our need to accept our own personal history's? You have done very, very well my friend and it shows in the smiling faces that surround you. And that is all that matters.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

"Instead I aim to plant both of my feet into the moments of today."

Such a hard thing to do sometimes, when we are overtaken by the necessary events of the day. You sound like you're getting a handle on it. Take good care and enjoy the day.

♥ Braja said...

Hey Lori...I like the last paragraph...it worked for me :) Always nice to see your posts...

Twenty Four At Heart said...

It's a balancing act, isn't it? Growing from the past but not lingering there ...

Swampy said...

((LORI))

Life with Kaishon said...

Such a great quote. I just love it. Love it so much!