We all worry about the future, we’ve been taught to do just that. But, real life is hiding in plain sight in the right here, right now, and it holds the secret to everything you want in life.
Our body will keep us alive just fine without any extra attention. Breathing, walking, digesting, even solving problems you can do as if on autopilot.
There’s one big exception.
Enjoyment isn’t likely when you’re thinking about the past or worrying about tomorrow. True joy hides from most people right in plain sight, just out of reach, but we have to actually show up to collect the good stuff.
Showing up requires getting out of our minds, ignoring the disappointments of our past, and delay our worries about tomorrow. This is a proven thousand year old practice that holds the key to unlimited happiness. It’s the action of positively focusing on whatever is going on right here, right now. It’s the first step of enjoying the heck out of yourself.
For example, no matter what horrible thing might happening tomorrow, your next meal can provide a lot of pleasure if you show up to enjoy it. Don’t just eat like a robot on autopilot who’s too busy watching bad re-run flicks in your head to grace your food with your undivided attention. You’re better than that. You have more mind control than you think.
When you catch yourself slipping back into your head, just pinch yourself and get back to the present. It’s where you really live and it’s a beautiful place full of opportunity and possibility. It takes practice, but you’ll get better at being present over time.
So what should you think about when you’re stressing? Nothing. That’s the key, don’t think–just be present.
It’s real life folks. It’s the key to really loving your life. Try it more often.