One Little Word: Part 2

I have really decided to do this. This One Little Word movement is, I think, really beneficial.

1388982973-10cd67f7-91f9After spending the past days ruminating on which word is best suited for change in the new year, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need two. :hee: Just like me to not be able to settle on one thing. But I’m actually feeling really positive about them. My two words are:

Alive

and

Present

I couldn’t choose just one because I think both of them are very important for me right now. Feeling alive has been a serious problem for me. So much of my life is spent doing what I call “bulling my way through”. Being tired, being frustrated, being angry and just putting my head down until I feel I’ve come out the other side of whatever it is. Which is okay, but is it really being alive? I don’t think so. When I decided on my words, I found some quotes that spoke to why I chose them & what I want to get out of them this year. Alive for me is about beginning to LIVE. Stop waiting for some magical moment to occur when I can really LIVE. Stop going through the motions of living and start experiencing the moments of life. Give love. Receive love. Breathe deep. Seek life in Christ more pointedly. And search specifically for moments when I can bask in being alive.

Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.  – Mary Manin Morrissey

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. – Marcus Aurelius

Live on me, so that you may become truly alive. – Jesus

Pretending that we live doesn’t make us alive. – Serj Tankian

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. – Thornton Wilder

 

The other word is present. This is a really important word for me. When I started contemplating this, I realized just how very, very much of my life I’ve spent dwelling on the past – thinking over decisions I’ve made and how they were wrong. Thinking over choices I made and how I wish I’d made different ones. Wondering what would have happened if I did THIS thing or dated THAT person or was somehow different. On the other end of the spectrum, I also spend a lot of time thinking about the future – when is this, that or the other thing going to get better? Worrying, projecting, wishing. I spend very little time focusing on what’s actually happening NOW and figuring out how to enjoy it even if it’s hard. These quotes jumped out at me.

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. – Buddha

We have to get back to the beauty of just being alive in this present moment. – Mary McDonnell

The best of all is to live in the present life with all of your power. – Toba Beta

For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity. – C.S. Lewis

You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present. – John Green

When I thought about it, I realized how much of my life I’m missing because I’m not present. How much interaction with my kids I’m missing out on because I can’t focus on what’s happening RIGHT NOW, instead only what I still have to do or what I messed up earlier. I wonder how much joy I’m missing, how much love I’m missing, how much LIFE I’m missing. Too much, I’m sure. If I can spend more time in the present, I think it can do nothing but improve my outlook.

To help me keep focus, I’m making some wall hangings that I can look at all the time to remind me. I’m also going on etsy to see about ordering a Scrabble tile necklace that has these words on it so I always have them on me. I already made one, what do you think?

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