Posts tagged ‘now’

October 21, 2015

Today is the right moment

Are you waiting until “the right moment” to do something big? Maybe putting something aside until you feel “ready”? Consider these words from actor and author Hugh Laurie, and you might decide that the right moment is today:

It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.

You’re as ready now as you’ll ever be. Suck up some courage and act … reach out … open your heart … live. ❤

September 1, 2014

September challenge: Make an “I’m grateful” list

This month’s challenge comes from a quote I saw posted as part of a public participation art display in my local art gallery:

If you don’t feel grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more?

This September, I challenge you to make a list of all the things you are grateful for in your life RIGHT NOW. Put at least 25 items on the list; more if you want to. Then post the list in a place where you can see it before you go to bed at night and when you get up in the morning. For the rest of the month, read half the list, aloud, every night; read the other half, aloud, every morning. Add new items as the mood strikes you!

You have lots to be grateful for. LOTS. It is important to recognize this truth, and celebrate it. ❤

October 4, 2013

When the moment calls you, listen

Ever wonder what it means to live in the present? Here’s a great example from Stephen Hume’s essay “A Walk with the Rainy Sisters,” published in his anthology of the same name:

The wind rose suddenly the other night, nudging me awake. It rustled through the forest canopy of maple and willow outside my window and snuffled around the eaves like some enormous, restless animal.

I slipped out of bed and into a pair of jeans, shrugged into my old Cowichan sweater with the snowflake pattern, stepped outside the world we parcel out in hours, minutes and seconds and went for a walk in the dishevelled vastness of time embedded in every starry night at the edge of the continent.

The wind had swept the sky clear. . . . Above the road, a river of stars, the Milky Way, the embracing arms of the galaxy . . . . The whole vista of the winter heavens spread around me.

Awoken on a windy night that seemed to whisper his name, Hume gave in to the mystery of that call. He didn’t roll over and go back to sleep. Instead, he grasped the moment and went outside for a walk, alone, in the middle of a dark, chilly night. As a result, he was dazzled by a clear, glittering sky and filled with such a strong sense of peaceful connectedness that the memory of it continues to move him to this day.

Being present doesn’t have to involve big moments. All it requires is recognizing — and acting on — the urges that pull you at the very moment they pull. They’re there for a reason, those urges. Listen, and your life will be rich.

October 3, 2013

I choose . . .

I can either spend my time worrying about what might happen in the future, or I can choose to enjoy the gifts that are in my life right now, in this very moment.

The choice is mine — and yours.  Every day.

September 21, 2013

Quote of the day: Just let it all happen . . .

Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing.
(Wayne Dyer)

January 1, 2013

January challenge: Recognize the present

The new year is traditionally associated with making resolutions for the future, but this January I challenge you to make a list of the things you are grateful for right now, in this very moment.  Write down at least seven to ten things — more if you want to!  Then hang your list in a place where you will regularly see it throughout the day, as a reminder of all the good, the wonderful, the exciting, the fabulous things in your life right now.

Life is about so much more than the future.  Life is where you are right now.  Today, take the time to acknowledge and honour that special place.  It’s yours alone, and it deserves to be celebrated!

Happy New Year! 🙂