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Be present, aware and enjoy!
Be Present, Aware And Enjoy!Motto of the day
My personal motto
Today I share my personal motto with you. What do you think?
It may sound easier than it is; to be present, conscious, and enjoy the moment. It may even sound like a cliché. You can hear and read regularly that the here and now is all you have. Intellectually, many people like and accept the message of such a motto. On the other hand, this seems to be a challenge in our daily lives, even if we pay attention to the moment.
It is worth it!
Thinking too much about the future, and the past, are frequent causes of stress. Each moment is a gift. Don’t take moments for granted. Everything that has ever happened and will happen can only happen in the present moment. It is impossible that anything outside it physically exists. Mental, however, people tend to focus too often on the past or the future.
The present moment is the only moment where there is no time. It is the point between past and future. It is always there, and it is the only moment in which we live. Everything happens in the present moment.
You can choose to enjoy the moment, or you can choose to loathe the moment. You can also decide to ignore the moment completely and waste it away, but either way, the present moment is yours to control. Your ability to be happy in the moment of here and now is influenced by your thoughts. That is why conscious thoughts of well-being are so important for your general well-being. This adds to a richer, fuller life because you perceive all surrounding things more constructively.
The next time you do an activity, don’t let your mind wander, stay in the present moment instead. Smell the roses, be with the surrounding people you are in a relationship with. Be present with your perception and notice how it changes your emotional state. Wherever you are, be there, completely. If you can be fully present in the here and now, you will know what it means to live. Living in the present will make you happier.
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.
How does that relate to a visionary life?
Mahatma Gandhi said that the future depends on what we do in the present.
Setting goals or developing a vision of the future is very powerful. We take the steps toward this goal in the present moment. The more we are present, the better the quality of our actions will be. Enjoy being on the journey of your life. You can’t live with this unique perspective if you are constantly planning for the next stage of your life. Those who think, that life begins when they reach the goal, will miss a lot.
Practice living presently, and observe how it makes you feel. Plan when you need to, but don’t lose sight of what is currently happening.
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I select the motto of the day mostly because something about it appeals to me. Something attracts me or irritates me. It feels as if it could contain something and I want to get to the root of it. So I dedicate a motto to each day and let myself be surprised what it has to offer me.
Sometimes the reason for the choice clarifies itself only after a while. That's why the thoughts about the motto of the day are often not articles, but associations. They are thoughts transformed into words. They are spontaneous and I also publish them frequently while I am traveling. They, therefore, tend to appear in fragments. Feel invited to add your associations in the comments. Enrich the thoughts with your perspectives – to complete the picture.
How do you benefit best from the motto of the day?
Ask yourself constructive questions like the following and you will personally benefit from each motto of the day:
- What triggers the topic in you?
- Under what circumstances do you agree with the statement and when not?
- What is the significance of the statement for you?
- How can the motto of the day enrich your life?
- In what context could the statement be useful?
- Where and when do you want to remember it and how?
And what can I do if I disagree with a motto? There is often something personal to learn from quotations with which we disagree. Helpful questions in such a case are:
- What do you specifically disagree with?
- Do you think the statement is generally not helpful or only not suitable for you personally?
- Which aspect is worth taking a closer look at?
This article is a short excerpt from the more comprehensive course materials my clients receive in a group or individual training or coaching.
Published: March 6, 2007
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision: August 22nd, 2022