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July 1, 2013 - Day 31 on Atkins - Are You Wishing Your Live Away?

Monday, July 01, 2013

I have this really bad habit of saying, "I can't wait til tomorrow", or "I can't wait til Friday gets here" or "I can't wait until Christmas" or "I can't wait until I go on vacation" or "I can't wait until I've lost 90 pounds" or "I can't wait until I'm wearing a size 10" or . . . well, you get the idea, right? Do you do that? Or, is it just me? I tell myself that it is human nature to look forward to certain days or events, and maybe I'm correct in my assumption or maybe I'm not. Either way, I'm beginning to realize what a very bad thing it can be to live this way. By always looking to the future, I'm missing my NOW. I'm literally wishing my life away when I long for some futuristic something. Why not enjoy THIS day? Why not appreciate THIS moment? Why not be happy and thankful for what I have RIGHT NOW? Because I'm a flawed human. Because I'm not accepting of me - as I am - in the here and now. On some level, I believe that - out there - down the road - things will be better - I will be better. But the truth of the matter is - it won't. I'll still be me. My shape might be different, my work situation might be different, my home life might be different - but I'll still be me regardless of the changes that happen. So my mission today is to "stay in the moment" and appreciate the here and now. I'm going to try very hard not to worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow has not happened. And actually, when you think about it, there is no guarantee that tomorrow even will happen. So I'm going to live today. For today. Moment by moment. Or at least I'm going to try. . . really hard!

How about you? Are you the type of person who lives in the moment - not thinking about or worrying about the future? Or, are you more like me - someone who tends to forget about the "now" and focuses on what has yet to come?

Thanks for stopping by! All comments are welcome. I love hearing from you - all of you - all the time! Happy Monday all!
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    Thanks for always writing something to make me think. I love Spark. I find that it helps me keep in the moment and look forward to your blogs, my daily spark searches, etc. and in turn just look forward to everything daily. I try to enjoy my walks at lunch and just watch the bunnies and the birds and listen and take everything in. I walked with my daughter and rode our bikes before work today! That was amazing! I am putting a lot of effort into meal planning and exercising but I am trying to motivate my family and have implemented some new "ideas"/ systems to try to get everyone working as a team both with our home and with our healthy living. Thanks for being a part of my team and thank you to everyone on spark and to the people at spark for making this forum available, it is so great!!!! Thanks Karen!!!! You are great! emoticon
    1788 days ago
    Although I think about my past I try not to dwell on it. I'm not much to looking into the future either. As someone said a while ago "Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why we call it 'The Present'."

    Untie the Ribbons
    I give to you the gift of life ~
    a gift I give to you each day.
    Do not live your life in strife ~
    enjoy each flower of life’s bouquet.
    Open eyes to beauty around
    untie the ribbons of My gift ~
    the beauty seen that surrounds
    is sure to give your day a lift.
    It makes no matter who you are
    my gift to you is nature drawn ~
    watching you from distant star
    as new day breaks the early dawn.

    Written by Donna G Fowler
    1788 days ago
    Happy Monday to you too Karen emoticon .
    I do look forward to different things sometimes. Like the weekend, which of course is my favourite time of the week. But I do also try to live in /sometimes manage the moment. Like at work, sometimes I get really nervous before certain jobs. But I then try to make myself realise it is only for a short time and I can manage it step by step.Most days I manage okay though. I do worry about so many things though. I'm a worrier from way back. I am kind of enjoying my weight-loss journey at the moment. I'm not finding it that hard, except when my lovely daughter has her piggy food and I have one of the days been tempted. Which is a day I went off track.
    I think it is a good idea what you said about enjoying the "now". Because now is where we are at every moment -it is now. It goes far too fast as it is. And them times to look forward to are good, but they haven't happened yet and we may as well stay in that moment and enjoy them when they come. Life is so weird and time is an amazing thing. We are living in time all the time and it just keeps going. Like it comes and each moment is gone as quick as it arrives.
    Also Karen as you said no matter what happens you will always be "You". And that can mean depending on the different situations that occur in your life you may actually change with that situation. Because I think life does change us, situations do. But you will always be you. And we are a different person to everyone we come into contact with. I mean we are perceived differently in each relationship with each person. We are a different part of ourselves in each relationship.
    I think I will join you and try and live "in the moment". Whether I'll manage, I'll try and maybe I might worry less.
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    1789 days ago
    Teaching school, my co-workers & I are always looking forward to the next weekend. This is a bad thing because, even though the days fly by, we are rushing our lives along. I'm so glad you wrote about this today, because I need to learn how to live in the moment. I am old enough. I don't need to rush toward my next birthday! Lol emoticon
    1789 days ago
    I tend to be like you and think of the future! I am going to try to live in the moment starting NOW!
    1789 days ago
    Thanks for sharing
    1789 days ago
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