Sometimes I’m in the perfect place, with the perfect people — the sun is shining, the coffee is hot, there are breakfast foods involved — but my mind is somewhere else. I’m thinking about what I’m going to do next and how this experience could be improved if I first changed about fifty fundamental things about myself.
Sometimes I’m in a place I hate — I don’t want to be where I am, I’m overworked, annoyed, bored, hungry, exhausted, and I want out. But for one reason or another, I feel I need to stay where I am — other people are counting on me, I am responsible for certain tasks, I am physically trapped (rush hour traffic, luckily no longer a reality for me since I’m now car-free!) So I mentally leave. I check my phone, I turn up the radio, I do whatever I can to distract myself from where I am. And it makes the experience 100 times worse.
But sometimes, rarer occurrences than I would wish for them to be, I commit to the present moment. I’m fully in it. I sip up every bit of sunshine from the good, perfect moments. And I exhale through the harder times. But I experience it all without trying to check out, mentally or physically, without focusing on what could have been done or what I need to do or where I wish I was or how it could all be better.
As we head into the relaxing, quieter moments of the weekend, straight on through to the hustle and boogie of the work week, I’m grounding down with this mantra:
It just is. So be right here.
If that works for you, please borrow the mantra!
Have a wonderful weekend filled with interesting breakfast foods!