Greetings, All, and Happy Holidays!
I’m convinced that after the age of 30, for many of us, the month of December becomes as much a time of reflection, anxiousness and consternation, as one of celebration and eager anticipation, as it was primarily in earlier years.
With each passing year, time seems to speed up, and my mind goes to my “things-to-do list” being incomplete, some regret about things I didn’t do or didn’t do better, and some anxiety about the year ahead.
The reality is that quite a lot has been accomplished each year. Where were you four years ago? Doesn’t four years ago feel like a decade ago? Haven’t there been changes in your life, big and small, too numerous to count, whether for you or someone close to you? Did you survive? Are you fine?
Last night, as I mingled with Natalie, Geneva and Compass colleagues prior to enjoying DEAR EVAN HANSEN at the Curran Theater, I took a moment and looked out the mezzanine window over the Saturday night action below on Geary Street. I was focused on the energy buzz of the passersby and auto traffic and how much it reminded me of New York, my second favorite city in the country. I was very present, grateful for the moment, feeling lucky to be living where I live, and I realized minutes later that not one distracting thought, worry, concern, regret, plan or goal had entered my mind. I was totally relaxed. It felt damn good.
If I can pull from Eckhart Tolle’s book, The Power of Now, let’s all remember to live in the moment. “The present moment is all that we have. We are so caught up in our daily tasks to notice the fleeting moments of life. According to this author, there is no future or past. There is only memory or anticipation. The things that happened in the past give us an identity and the future is simply full of promise. Promise can take the form of fulfillment, salvation or deliverance. These are intangible and therefore simply illusions. One of the most common sayings is that time is precious. Actually, it is also simply an illusion. The factor that we consider precious is not the time but the point in that time. Eckhart calls it the Now and encourages us to stop fixating on the future or the past and focus on the Now.” “By living in the current moment, we are able to experience relaxation and freedom. The worries of the past and the future become irrelevant. Whenever we are truly in the now, we are left free to decide how we want to feel, act and perceive the world around us. Eckhart indicates that this helps us to fully accept our current situation and gain power over it.” Excerpts from the following article HERE
All the very best to you and yours. Now.