Living in the Now

6 Jun

It seems like I blinked and this year is already halfway over.  I suppose that’s a good sign, though, because when things aren’t going well time seems to drag on endlessly.  I’ve been keeping busy with school and work and living life in general.  I’m just a few classes away from getting my MBA, which will be so great to have done.  I’m happy to report that I’ve kept up my 4.0 GPA while maintaining a sometimes hectic work schedule.  I’m also moving forward into the final stages of getting my house sold.  That will be a nice weight off of my shoulders.

Buddy has also moved in with us.  He’s been there almost a week, and he’s adjusting fine.  I did have to get the procedure done on his other eye, so he is now completely blind.  The good part about that is that he can’t have any more painful pressure spikes.  All of his vets say he’s in great shape and health, and he doesn’t seem distressed at all.  His eye specialist told me that dogs transition into being blind much better than humans because dogs live in the moment.  They don’t think about the past or the future.  They just accept the reality they are in and learn to adapt to it.

That is a really beautiful sentiment that has popped into my mind more than once since then.  When I think of all the time I spend thinking about the past or worrying about the future, it makes me stop and consider how much effort I’m giving to the now.  How often am I completely present in the moment?  Sadly, not very often.  The amount of time I spend thinking about things that have already happened or things that I need to do is staggering.  It’s also mostly pointless.

So I’ve started trying to notice more of the things that are great about right now.  When I’m in the car, I roll the windows down to feel the wind in my hair and turn the music up.  I think about the words and the listen to the rhythm and instruments.  At work it’s harder, but I’m trying to focus on one thing at a time.  At home I know Tony has caught me just looking at him and smiling more than once.  I want to memorize his facial expressions and notice the things that make him break out in a big grin.  Those little moments are some of the best parts of life, and I don’t want to miss out on them.

Other than that, there’s not a lot to report.  Most days I’m so ridiculously happy it’s sickening.  When I’m not, it’s because I’ve gotten lost in my head.  I’ve got a new therapist who is wonderful, and I feel like I’m actually working toward something again instead of just chatting with a friend.  All in all, life is fantastic.  I can’t think of a time when I’ve felt more content and fulfilled and loved.

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5 Responses to “Living in the Now”

  1. smittenwithhim June 6, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

    What a great reminder! Thank you!

  2. ItMatterstoGrey June 6, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    Oh so very true. Where has this year already gone, yet so much has changed in my life too.

  3. Marian Green June 6, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

    ” When I’m in the car, I roll the windows down to feel the wind in my hair and turn the music up.” … I do this. It blows away the cobwebs of the day.

    • beautifulmess7 June 6, 2014 at 5:59 pm #

      Yeah, it’s so freeing. It is one of the only times that I know I’m completely in the moment.

  4. divorcedandsingleblog June 21, 2014 at 7:11 am #

    Living in the moment – not many people can do that. Well, not many Westerners. Here, Thais live like that and they are so much happier than us, whites that always chase after something, think about the past of the future until we feel depressed.
    I am glad to hear you are happy :)

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