Becoming – to live in the moment
The DailyFinds for this week were focused on the idea of ‘living in the moment’. This is an idea which I always need to be reminded of. My life has been marked by moments which occurred under the weight of expectation. Time passes by with a quick mental note in regards to how close or how far it was in comparison to what I had planned. By constantly thinking about the future, I miss today.
: : The sun is shining into my dining room with a welcome glow, as the days are growing longer.
: : A few flowers have been forced open, tricked into giving a colourful show right there on my table.
: : The smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies linger in the air.
: : My daughter has returned to the kitchen after a long break, which warms my heart.
: : Bits of green are pushing up all over the garden and the early spring buds are filling out.
: : The air outside is not warm, but it has started to ease – as it does this time of year on the West Coast.
There. Some things I noticed in the moment.
Towards the end of this week I listened to the podcast from Oprah where she interviewed Michelle Obama. I did not expect to be so impressed with the conversation. But, those moments of driving to work I was really impressed. Michelle seems to have lived as normal of a life as she possibly could in her circumstances. A true example of living in the moment.
Michelle spoke of many normal moments in her life. Taking her kids to college, getting them settled in and then crying with her husband as they drove away. Walking. She loves to get outside and be free to go where her legs take her. Enjoying the transition and time as empty nesters. For those of us who are married with children, these moments have passed, or are coming. Rights of passage.
The conversation with Oprah was filled with love and optimism. Michelle seems to be happily embarking on a new chapter in her life. It is different than what has passed but the future is not ‘less’, it is ‘more’.
I arrived at work feeling elated. A strong 56 year old woman just gave me a pep talk. Not that I needed one per se. But, there are so few public personalities who preach for us to enjoy each and every moment.
All the research of ‘living in the moment’, got me thinking about my own life. On one hand, I want to stop and smell the flowers. But, on the other hand, I want to be actively engaged with something new and exciting. I can hear Michelle Obama telling me that turning 50 is absolutely wonderful and a perfect time to start something new. Spice it up – girl!
Now, some of you won’t think what I am embarking on is very spicy. That’s ok. I have been giving this a lot of thought. I am very interested in anthropology. Maybe to start taking courses from MIT OpenCourseSoftware. A fair amount of the undergraduate degree coursework is available online. Ever wondered “what is means to be human?” Well the first introductory course promises to tackle that. At best these courses could improve my ability to ‘create a life I don’t need a vacation from.” At worst I will have learned a bunch of new things, which is always good for the brain. Stay-tuned for an update on this. First I have to figure out how to download the courses, which is proving difficult.
Posts from this past week:
- Slow Living 101: What is Slow Living?
- After 25 years, why I walked away from my beloved career
- Why “Live in the Present Moment” is Terrible Advice
- Living in the Present Moment Mindfully
- Hygge: The Danish art of being in the moment
Join me in creating a life you don’t need a vacation from!
“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.” Dalai Lama