The holidays are an exciting time of year! I have enjoyed having the kids home on winter break and working on projects with them and my husband, Shawn. Like most, our last few days of down time are centered around the end of one year and the beginning of another.
The time we have is so very precious. This year the family is more aware of this than ever. As part of our intentional life journey, we are starting a new tradition for New Year’s. We will reflect by writing about our most cherished and challenging experiences of the past year in our journals. Then we will revisit the importance of living in the moment. And finally we will reaffirm our commitments for 2013.
Our lives are made up of present moments. Each one carries a value that adds up to the sum. It’s okay to take time and reflect on what has happened in the past, if what you take away from the reflection is meaningful and productive. It’s also alright to look to the future and have goals and schedules to guide you. But, what is most important . . . is that the majority of your time is spent in the present moment. This moment. How you spend it is what truly matters.
Eckhart Tolle calls it “the NOW” in his book The Power of Now. A great read that I highly recommend. If it is a hard read for you, please return to it later, as it will make more sense to you when the time is right.
So, given that “the NOW” is where the value lies within our lives, it makes sense that living a life of intention would allow you to maximize the value so you can live your best life. If you have not done so already, I hope you choose to live a life of intention starting “NOW.”
Wishing you the very best in 2013,
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes