|Photo taken this weekend on the waterfront with my friend Lindsey with my newly fixed healthy as a horse camera!|
" If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present." - Lao Tzu
I found this quote, and I absolutely love it! I do not often quote things outside of the Bible because if I'm being honest with you, that's really the only book I read. Not because I'm trying to be "Hyper Christian," but because I don't make much time for reading. **Something I want to work on. Especially for times when I am on the bike at the gym or sitting outside on a sunny day**
But I really like this quote, and I find it to be very true of myself. I get upset when I reflect on what could have been, or dwelling on something sad that happened. Wishing I could change moments or experiences that happened to me.
When I think too far ahead trying to will my life into existence just by over thinking and planning and preparing what I might say to someone... etc etc. I go crazy! The anxiety becomes a tangible knot in my stomach and it makes me feel like I need to do more ab crunches.
It is when I focus on what is in front of me in the here and now. Living in the moment, experiencing God's presence and Spirit in me that I am at PEACE. We live in a culture that escapes reality ALL THE TIME!!! And I am so guilty of it too. We escape when we don't want to feel hurt or pain. We escape when we don't want to deal with confrontation. We escape when we are bored. All we do is ESCAPE. Netflix, Alcohol, Shopping, Social Media and so on down the list. What is your escape?
I want to encourage you friends to live presently. And in doing so I am reminding myself to do the same because it's one of the hardest things for me to do. I am a future thinker for sure. Where it's not bad to plan and be prepared it becomes an idol when it's all you think about and worry about. So I am going to practice giving it all to the Lord and choosing to live in the moment. I am 27 years old living with friends and working in a career I love and thrive in. I have a full and healthy life filled with family, friends, fitness, traveling the world and that is where I will place my thankfulness and my peace.
Love and Living in the Present