Stay Present and Take Things One Day at a Time
February 6, 2016
Hi Passion Fit Crew! I hope you all are enjoying the New Year so far and 2016 is off to a great start for all of you. It’s been a busy start to the year for me, so I haven’t had a chance to blog in a little while. Therefore, I wanted to write today about the concept of staying present and taking things one day at a time.
This concept certainly isn’t new and is something we’ve all probably been reminded about from family, friends, teachers, coaches, bosses and others at some point in our lives or another. However, staying present and taking things one day at a time isn’t always easy, especially if you’re someone like me, who’s always planning for the future.
For anyone who knows me, I’m a Type A personality to a tee and am notorious for pre-planning, planning, post-planning, worrying, anticipating, analyzing, re-iterating my plan, etc. If you think that sounds exhausting, I can tell you firsthand…IT IS! Why do I do this? I honestly don’t know. I don’t really like surprises and never have. I’ll be the first to peek at the end of a book to see what happens before I start reading it or will ask someone to tell me how a movie or show ends before I see it because the suspense is killing me. I’ve always had very specific plans and goals for my life such as what I wanted to major in college, which companies I wanted to work for in my career, what kind of wedding I wanted to have when I got married to my husband, that I wanted to finish graduate school before I turned 30, that I wanted to have kids with my husband before I turned 35 and so on.
And while I did accomplish all of the above goals, you know what? Life. Doesn’t. Always. Work. That. Way. The only certain thing about life is uncertainty and I’ve been learning this over the years through various challenges I’ve faced in my life. I’ve also learned it’s so important to stay present and take in all the beauty and joy life has to offer, even if you’re going through a challenging time. I’ve been trying my best to do this every day, especially with my family and kids, who are my greatest sources of joy in the world. Life is short and you don’t want to take things for granted, miss out or have any regrets because you were too busy worrying about the future. I also believe in having faith in something bigger than yourself and using that faith as your guiding force into unknown territory. It can help you navigate your life in a more calm and relaxed way. And who knows…maybe the uncertainty can lead to new opportunities, possibilities and hope.
Life isn’t always easy, but embracing the ups and downs, staying present and taking things one day at a time can certainly make life not only easier to handle, but actually pleasant and fun, even in the midst of uncertainty. So today, let’s all take a deep breath, relax and see where life takes us…
And with that, I’ll leave you all with this beautiful quote from Deepak Chopra:
“By opening ourselves to uncertainty, even if just a little bit at a time, we release our self-imposed limitations and allow our life and spiritual journey to unfold in ways more wondrous and fulfilling than we could have imagined.”
That’s it for today, Passion Fit Crew. I’ll be back soon with my next blog post. Have a great weekend!