Being in the Moment and All That Jazz

February 05, 2011
Silver compass necklace

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I can’t wait!

I want to take my puppy to the beach. I can’t wait for his first walk; to see him enjoying everything new. I look forward to taking him on little trips out, for him to be included as my companion.

Oh, how my mind races ahead to things that haven’t happened yet!

Being in the Moment

Anticipation can be a tremendous part of the journey to wherever it is you’re going. Knowing that you’re on your way to getting a new job, moving to a new country or getting fitter is a large part of the experience.

But there’s still today. The here and now. This very moment.

In truth, there are days when I find posts about “being in the moment” more than a little irritating. They can seem pesky, smug even; as if I’m doing something wrong if I’m not being in the moment.

But, today was different. Being in the moment happens often when I’m in the workshop, but in everyday life too much of me wants to speed ahead to the next idea, the next … thing.

The Journey

Life’s a journey and there’s a right time for everyone to feel in the moment.

Yes, there are ideas that we can talk about that make sense in some dimension – but without any particular connection to the idea, without a meeting of minds on the concept.

And that’s OK. It’s just not the right time for us. There are times when I come back to an experience and re-experience it in a whole new way. And I feel myself doing it, I become aware of the change. I smile inside.

When it comes to choosing, changing or re-discovering our direction I reckon we sometimes just need to give ourselves a bit more slack. Don’t you?


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  1. Kiff Backhouse

    RT @rockwaterstudio: Being in the Moment and All That Jazz (today's post) <- enjoy today, tomorrow it'll be gone …

  2. chris backhouse

    RT @rockwaterstudio: Being in the Moment and All That Jazz (today's post) (warning: includes references to my puppy!)

  3. Kimba Green

    RT @JulieWalraven: RT @rockwaterstudio: Being in the Moment and All That Jazz <uplifting read!

  4. Julie Walraven | Resume Services

    Thanks for the reminder, Gee. I think I read this post before but too quickly. 🙂 I waffle between wanting to be in the moment and wanting to be in the next moment… We do need to appreciate where we are though and I thank you for reminding me why.

    • Gee Backhouse

      You’re welcome, Julie. I keep having to re-read it myself! There are so many things right under our noses to delight us, aren’t there?!

  5. Jonathan

    “It’s just not the right time for us.”

    That sounds like just the “slack” I was looking for. Thanks!