I had a beautiful weekend filled with family and lots of good food celebrating the moms in my life. I am so grateful to have grandmas alive and healthy and I think it must be beautiful to be in their shoes and watch their great grandchildren play and to be able to hug and kiss them and watch them grow. As I watched my granny yesterday I thought of myself in her shoes 50 years from now… This year I will be 30 and she will be 80!
My Granny has taught me a lot and a lesson I learned yesterday was simple yet powerful. “The Power of Now”
When I think about myself 50 years from now… Lord willing I live that long but theoretically speaking I will be in a much different place than I am at 30 years old…
The “Power of Now” to me means to do the very best we can do in the moments we have… here’s what that looks like for me:
1. Be Present
2. Don’t put off what I can do today if it’s of high value
3. Listen to my intuition
Here’s what it doesn’t mean to me:
1. Trying to conquer the world NOW… you know what I mean… running 100 miles an hour trying to do all and be all for EVERYONE…
2. Living too far ahead in my future or in the past…. Not going to happen
3. Placing quantity over quality, it’s not about how much I do anymore but about the quality of what I do…
The “Power of Now” means knowing who you are enough and valuing your life and time enough to do what’s truly important. Yesterday I could have begun emailing and preparing for the week, worked on projects while having the peace and quiet at my grandma’s house on a lake to move forward and do the things I am working on this morning BUT I didn't. I slowed down… paused and sat with my granny and listened to her… enjoyed her… learned from her… and tried to think of what I would like if I were 80 years old.
Often times I see women (especially moms but I think I can generalize and say women in general) chasing so much that they are irritated, frustrated, exhausted, overwhelmed and unhappy.
Why do we allow ourselves to live like this? What are we trying to accomplish by gaining the world but losing relationships and ourselves? I grew up with a woman who meant the world to me, I idealized her, treasured her and loved her more than anyone or anything but as I grew up we grew apart because I value quality and she values quantity. I wanted time and she wanted more things and recognition. I wanted to sit with her like I sat with my granny and enjoy a good cup of coffee or tea and share what’s happening in our lives but she never had time. That broken relationship burned into me the type of woman I never want to be… and so I often reflect on that and make sure I am honoring my values and taking the time with my loved ones and also taking care of myself. Being present in each moment and doing the best I can do… which may mean just making a quick peanut butter and jelly sandwich for dinner and spending time creating something with Micha.
At this very moment I am sitting on my lanai writing and my view is the Sarasota Bay… there is a group of 5-7 dolphins hunting and making a show right out my window… it’s beautiful. They swim fast, circle, splash and violently get their food. They are beautiful and because of where I live I am grateful to see them often. I love watching the dolphins and take time to pause and observe them as much as I can. Life should never be so busy that I can't pause 1-3 minutes and honor something I really enjoy!!!
So today I ask you… What does the “Power of Now” mean to you? Who do you truly want to be and are you living inline with your needs, wants, desires and values?
Embrace the “Power of Now” and see how it impacts your day… week… year… and life!
I hope you all enjoyed a beautiful Mother’s Day and I wish you all a week of “Present Living”
Lots of Love ~ Joanna
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