Be Present and How to Stop Missing Out on Life.
Updated: Feb 17, 2020
I was on vacation last week in Boston with my family which I am so grateful to be able to spend time with every one of them.
During my visit, I was stressing about keeping up with work, getting out my emails and all the other stuff it takes to run a business. I didn't want to lose momentum but then recognized that I wasn't being present. I flew 2500 miles, and I should be focusing on my family and spend time with them, not on my computer. My mother is 86 years old and time is precious.
I made a conscious decision to GET OUT OF MY WAY and to enjoy my time, be present, be mindful of what I was doing.
How often do you find yourself thinking about other things either in the past or future, looking at our phones when you should be in the moment you're in. We miss incredible opportunities when we allow our attention to go somewhere else.
My friend and author Sarah McLean wrote a beautiful book " The Power of Attention."
"Consider this: your attention is a currency, and what you pay it to is enlivened in your life. I’d even consider your attention your superpower. It’s truly one of the most important ingredients for living a powerful, purposeful, love-filled life. That’s why your ability to pay attention—to direct it where you want to and when you want to—is vital to that end. Unfortunately, most people maintain a continuous partial attention. That means they’re not truly engaged, but instead, are kind of half listening or half paying attention, and this makes them easily distracted by demands from their to-do lists, their various mental musings, or their electronic companions. They squander this precious currency. And can lose the ability to pay attention on purpose." Sarah McLean -
Next time you start thinking about the past or future, ask yourself if you are missing what is happening right now, the people you're with won't be here forever and that moment can never be replicated....be present.
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Barbara Murphy-Shannon is a Mindset Business Coach for Women Entrepreneurs. She puts out a weekly blog, offers workshops and retreats. Barbara@barbaramurphyshannon.com