Driving through the time of your life
Posted on: September 9, 2015 • 0 Comments
Where do you find your mind taking you? Do your thoughts take you to the past, present, or future? If it is the past, do you find yourself picking apart every detail? Ever notice how you then can further beat yourself up for choices that you can no longer change because they are in the past. They have already happened and can’t be returned into the present; the NOW. Or maybe you prefer to think of the future. You may think about what is necessary in your life to finally be happy. Goals are one thing, but postponing happiness is altogether something different.
Where does the present or NOW come into focus? If you are using now to rehash the past there is nothing left for now. If you are someone withholding joy until you have a certain job, car, home, are married, have kids, retire, or any other array of things, where is the space for now? It seems to slip through your fingers, so to speak.
Think about this as though you are driving a car. The car represents your life. When facing forward you have a large windshield to look through. This allows you to see what is right in front of you; or the now. When driving in the dark you have bright headlights, high beams, and even windshield wipers to obtain an optimal view of what is right in front of you.
Your personal GPS would represent the future. The screen sizes vary, as do the amount of direction it gives you. Nonetheless, the display on your GPS is much smaller in comparison to the windshield. If you are completely focused on looking at the GPS you are missing the beauty of the NOW. I have seen many beautiful skies while looking out the windshield. Not even once have I seen such beauty on my GPS screen.
Using the same example of the car, your past would be represented by the mirrors. Cars have 2 small side view mirrors, a rear view mirror, and even smaller back up lights in which to guide you. This view of the past is limited to say the least. If you were to drive forward while only paying attention to the rear view mirrors how could you possibly navigate safely through what is right in front of you; the NOW? Not only are you likely to crash the car, you are likely to miss out on valuable information. While you were using the present time to focus only on what is behind, you missed the beautiful opportunities that were right in front of you in full view. Of course if you wait long enough the present becomes the past. Once those lovely things from the present are in the past, you again are only viewing a fraction of the information that was there in the NOW..
Take a moment to notice where you naturally focus your thoughts. You may recognize that you focus on the past, or are postponing your joy for the future. You can change your world with your thoughts. .Consider staying present today, in this moment called NOW, and enjoy it!
Here’s to looking out the front window and taking in the beauty life has to offer!
Kristin Springfield Saunders
Advocate for your Highest Self