I suggested she stay present and then I realized how hypocritical a statement that was from me.

My friend is going through a major life crisis.  It’s heart breaking to watch and I’m constantly thinking about her and her family.  Tomorrow is a big day for them and I suggested that she try not to think about what could happen but to live in the grace of the moment – stay present.

Then I said to myself, “WTF, Jessica.  You can’t stay present long enough to write a blog post.  Really?  You’re going to tell her that?  Why not suggest she do the laundry or load and unload the dishwasher, or get into some deep controversial conversations with her children.  That’s all you seem to be good at doing these days.”

Deep breath.  No judgment.

Please tell me I’m not alone.  Don’t we all rush blindly through our day and through every experience?  Then we go to bed and do it all over again the next day?  Think the movie – Groundhog’s Day.  Aren’t you exhausted?  I am.  And the way we’re living – it’s almost as if our lives are filled with thousands of meaningless moments, all strung together.

But when we have that heart stopping moment of connection –  we know it’s  the Ahh ha of being present.

For the last 3-4 days I’ve had the song (which is below) stuck in my mind. I love the song but it was getting to be a bit too freaking much.  And, as we all know, I’ve not been present for weeks (hence my feeling “stuck”).  Today when I got in the car I put on the radio to find another song for my brain — and lo and behold, the second I turned it on – the song was playing.  As you can imagine, all I felt at that moment was complete awe and joy.  It was a sign.  I was present.

Why do we wait for major events to honor the moment?  Isn’t every day and every moment sacred?   When I say our lives are filled with meaningless moments, they’re only meaningless because we don’t honor them. We’re rushing about, focusing on other things, and not stopping to notice the magic of life. And those precious moments – we let them go without any acknowledgment from us.

I’m just suggesting we make a tiny shift in our perception that gives meaning and importance to each moment.  It means stopping to notice the beauty and love around and within us.

Look, we all worry about the future, hold regrets about the past, and completely ignore the present.  But when I’m present, when I’m giving my full attention to the moment, I experience an aura of beauty.  And all that’s changed is my perception of the moment.

So, to my beautiful friend, her husband and family.  I’m sending you all my love.  No matter how tomorrow turns out, be present for you and for him.  You’ll see the miracles all around you.  And I will remain present for all of you too. XOXO

Enjoy the song and have an amazing weekend my friends. 

 

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