Today I really need to remain in the moment. I need to remain in the moment for the next week and a half. I have a lot on the go, and the noise in my head is vying for my attention. It seems to want me to get bogged down, distracted, and rendered ineffective. The noise wants me to medicate with some form of distraction, rather than work through the pain and complexity.
As I see it, I have two choices….
1. Go along with the unrecovered part of my thinking, which the gravity of my of old habits of thought, is pulling me toward…. Or…
2. Live in the moment by drawing from the resources around me and within me.
I’m going to go with option 2.
I am in the midst of a lot of change. My wife is away with the kids for another week or so. I am running parts of our business that I don’t normally run, but am covering for her. In addition, I am busy at my regular job, doing extra hours covering others on holiday.
Furthermore, my elderly father is needing help. And there are other extra obligations I am trying to fulfill as well that are drawing on my strength and attention.
So it is time to draw on my resources, rather than surrender to the pressures. I must live in the moment, and not let pressures of today, regrets of the past, and fears of the future prevail. Some of my resources are…
1. God as I understand Him teaches… “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God”. This was written over 2000 years ago in the midst of Roman oppression. Where following belief systems other than what the establishment condoned, could result in death. So pretty sage and practical advice given in circumstances that really made it a life or death reality.
2. God as I understand Him also teaches me to ask for, my “… daily bread”. I need to remind myself that he does not as for tomorrow’s or yesterday’s bread. But rather TODAY’s. This guidance is from a direct quote of God as I understand Him. Ought I not take it realistically to heart?
3. One of my favourite authors, Dale Carnegie, who has helped millions of people improve their lives through improved habits of thought and behaviour teaches in his book, “Stop Worrying and Start Living”, dedicates a chapter a teaching of co-founder of John Hopkins Hospital, Sir William Osler, who is also considered by many as ‘The Father of Modern Medicine’, (and a fellow Canadian 🙂 ). Sir William (Bill to his friends), is quoted as having, “… lived in day-tight compartments”. This man of great accomplishment obviously concurred with the notion of making today, just for today. Again, a tremendous endorsement for this practice.
4. And of course, those of us familiar with 12 Step communities are well-acquainted with the encouragement to live, “Just for Today”. Sage advice that is a key practice to helping millions of us get and remain sober by this system for over 75 years.
5. And lastly (for now), one of my favourite mentors and teachers of success, Tom Hopkins, who knows first-hand the impacts of having an alcoholic in his life, has been a veteran of many of life’s challenges, and shares a faith in God as we both understand him, incorporates a daily perspective in his “Rules for a Perfect Day”:
Just for today…
- I will try to live and delight in the reality of being alive. My past is forever gone, my future an uncertainty, so I will be happy and thankful for each moment.
- I will not allow negative input into my mind…happiness is a choice and I choose to be happy.
- I will be thankful to God for my health, my loved ones, my business, and my country. I will also be thankful for any pain in crisis that helps me grow because God has said, be thankful in all things.
- I will take care of my body, realizing the importance of the words moderation and balance, knowing that as I bring my flesh under control, how much easier it will be to control my will and my actions.
- I will treat everyone I meet today the way I would like to be treated. I will strive to have them like themselves better when they’re with me.
- I will avoid gossip, jealousy, and negative thinking. Most people don’t think about what they think about. Today, I will make a conscious effort to hold loving and beautiful thoughts in my mind.
- I will write down my priorities; thinking of my loved ones and my responsibilities. I may not get everything done, but I will do the most productive thing possible at every given moment.
- I will strive to humble myself before others, controlling my ego and making other people feel important.
- I will spend time in study, learning how to better serve my fellow man. I know my growth in all areas is in direct proportion to the service I give to others.
- I will not take rejection personally. I am first and foremost in the people business and, thus, realize they can only reject my proposal and not me. I will keep on keepin’ on.
I will pop by more regularly during the next week or so. And visit many of my blog buddies. You have all been inspirations and supports to me. I hope I can share the same with you… even, perpahs especially, at a time when I am feeling challenged to stay focused and positive.