Present Preparations

As I’ve been making changes in my life this month and thinking about what the rest of this new year holds and our topic of preparation this month, I’ve been thinking about goals and destinations in our lives.  Naturally, because what’s the point of preparing if you don’t have some expectation of a destination or event, right? Those of us who really think about goals usually think about goals that we have because we want to attain them.  We don’t go around saying “my goal is to be in jail by the time I’m 20” or “my goal is to be morbidly obese by 45.”  No, we make goals of having lots of money or a big family or health or a great job/career, or save the world, things that we think will improve our lives.

However, there are some of us who don’t seem to think about where our actions are taking us, or don’t care where they’re taking us.  Like those who smoke, eat really unhealthy foods all the time, or are nasty to other people.  They may be completely oblivious to the true destination they are heading in with every puff, bite and curse.  It’s the times that we’re unaware of what we’re doing, are unconsciously doing it or are doing it without a care that we experience the biggest risk.

You’re probably heard people talk about being “present” in the moment.  Simply, this means being aware of what’s going on in your life, the choices you’re making, the people you’re involved with, the way you’re running your life, and what’s going on right then and there, not yesterday or two weeks from now.  Being present means that you’re there with your kids, not on your phone all the time, it means being aware of what you’re eating, not just shoveling it into your mouth while you’re doing 18 other things and it means that mind and body you’re where you physically are and not miles away.

This week I encourage you to check in with yourself often and make sure that not only are you present with what’s going on in your life, but you’re happy with the direction the choices you are making is taking you.  If you find you’re not happy you’ve got a chance to change direction!

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”  Lao Tzu

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