|Posted by Gwen Williams on January 3, 2014 at 9:20 PM|
Just this morning I was woke up with a knocking sound on the wall. My big orange cat was pawing at the TV, bumping it against the wall and making the noise that tells me the food bowl is empty. He knows that signal gets me up in big hurry.
Then as soon as I got up, my little dog was very keen on going outside right away to “explore”. I was immediately faced with a cool blast of fresh clean air to shake off the grogginess and noticed the wonderland of beautiful snow covered trees.
Ahhh. These little critters know how to bring you out of your head and your thoughts into the now. Because of my furry family members, my day now promises to be much more productive and I am able to enjoy the sun coming in the side window, that I would have missed, if I had slept longer.
Pets and children have a gift for bringing us back into the present and helping us to enjoy life’s moments that we may have missed otherwise. This is important because the present is the only thing we can count on. There is nothing we can do about the past and even if we do everything right, there is no guarantee the future will unfold as planned. The present is all we have.
The present is the place where we make good memories, do good things, help others and engage in relationships. The present time is also the place where we care for ourselves, take care of our health and heal. You may have had taken good care of yourself in the past and plan to get back to taking better care of yourself in the future but only doing it now, will do you any good.
People who are present and there for us, can have a profound impact on our lives. Over the years, I have met a few people who were really gifted in that regard. Even though our paths only crossed for a moment, there was a connection and somehow I was changed and made better by the encounter. I will never forget them.
The greatest gift we can give another person is a package of time in the present moment where we actively listen to, hear and see the other person, even if it is just conversation over a cup of tea.
So as we move into the New Year, my resolution is to be more aware that when the cats walk across my keyboard, I am the one who has strayed and it is time to take a break and enjoy the now.