Do you find yourself feeling like you’re waiting, waiting, …. ? Waiting to see what happens with the COVID-19 situation. Waiting to see what will happen with our kids getting back to school. Waiting to see what is going to happen with your job, with the next stimulus package, with the overall economy. Maybe even waiting to see what will happen with a loved one who is ill, hospitalized. Will there be a vaccine? When? When can my family get it? And, what is going to happen with the upcoming election? Wow.
It really is a surreal time we are in. I found myself in a waiting pattern, having many of the questions above and also waiting for my home re-fi to go through, waiting for word on a teaching job I’ve been working on like crazy.
One morning I woke feeling the wait and weight of it all. Sipping my coffee in the quiet, the thought popped into my mind, “Waiting keeps us from being.” That landed! I had been so focused on the waiting I had been missing a whole lot of magic rolling out around me – the baby birds fledging from the knotholes in my juniper tree; the sunflowers across the street coming into full beauty, the once in a generation times of change all around me. All the time we spend waiting for the future, waiting for the next thing, waiting for rescue, we are missing what is happening right now. And, we are missing our opportunity to play a vital part in it.
The truth is all of life is lived in the present moment. Our thoughts may run to future and past, but our experiences are right now. And, we have immense power in what we make of them. We can notice the beauty or not. Beauty is always there. We can express love or not. Love is always there.
As we are all dealing with these crazy COVID times with uncertainty on many fronts, I truly hope you will make it a point to come into the present moment as often as possible, to actually LIVE each moment of life, centered in living fully, as things swirl around us. There is no end to the magic before you if you choose to choose to be present to it.
These are indeed wild times and I urge you to stay focused on the beauty in the midst of the uncertainty and change.
You can find tips for handling uncertainty and coming into the present moment in my book, When Life Blows Up: A Guide to Peace, Power and Reinvention.
Here are a couple podcast interviews I have done recently that may be of interest:
- An interview on Unity Worldwide Radio, Jazzy Vegetarian show: https://www.unityonlineradio.org/self-centered
- And two separate appearances on the Self-Centered podcast: