The Present Moment

Once again, sneaky insects chewed through my flowers. The little buggers had come and gone, but the damage was done. The holes in the petals of my pansies revealed their invasion.

I’ve noticed over the years that temptations (or the world as some call it) can sneak in unnoticed too. The temptation to buy something I don’t need, or fill an empty space with another decoration, or even busyness can chew up my money and time.

As Dan and I approach full retirement, we have discussed our priorities. We want to focus on giving to others, living a simple life, and spending quality time with family and friends. We have no interest in a bigger house, newer cars, or expensive world travel.

We have learned, with age, that a truly satisfying life doesn’t just happen. It takes intentional effort, at least at first, to ignore the temptation to keep up with the latest fad, collect more stuff, or purchase the newest technology. We have also learned that a social media presence isn’t necessary. We have seen too many people miss the present moment because they are more focused on how their photo will look on Instagram or how many “likes” their latest post received. We have learned that life is too precious to miss what’s happening right in front of us.

Joshua Becker, author of Things That Matter, speaks about Ten Simple Steps to Make the Most of Every Day. His advice from his books, blog, and YouTube channel has changed my life for the good. Today it’s easier to let go of distraction and clutter. A simple life, one filled with love, joy, and being present in the moment is possible because of his mentoring.

What’s chewing up your time, resources and energy? Where could you make adjustments so that you are more present to God and others?

The temptation to buy more things, do more activities, and post more photos on social media can eat up your life. Live in the present moment. Life is too beautiful and precious to be chewed up by anything else.

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