"All I have to do is live now. It is enough. There may be life in the future, and there was certainly life in the past, but my footing is in the present. Today is where the past has its meaning, and where the future is shaped." For Today p. 4
Being present means I'm conscious of what I'm doing, no matter what I'm doing…driving my car, talking to a friend on the phone, drinking a cup of tea, playing a game with my kids. When I find myself focusing on other things as in my "to do" list while I'm doing something else I'm not being present. If I'm driving I need to focus on driving, if I'm talking with a friend I need to be present, listen and be a friend. If on a conference call I need to be focusing on the call and not checking email. Being present is about focusing on the task at hand which leads me to focus on one day at a time/one moment at a time. If I'm looking at my past and getting stuck, I'm not embracing the present moment…which is a present from God. If I'm looking forward to when "things get better" or "I'll feel better when I get through…" I'm still not focusing on the present moment. If embrace today, dig in deep I can figure out the joys in the present.
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