“I believe that only one person in a thousand knows the trick of really living in the present. Most of us spend 50 minutes an hour living in the past, with regret for lost jobs, or shame for things badly done (both utterly useless and weakening)—or in the future, which we either long for or dread. Yet the past is gone long beyond prayer….There is only one world, the world pressing against you this minute. There is only one minute in which you are alive, this minute—here and now.” Storm Jameson, writer
Sobering thoughts and yet, if we are all completely honest with ourselves, most of us would admit that what Storm says is true. All too often, we let the past or the future hijack the present moment.
What to do? What to do?
Slowing down helps. It’s easier to be in the moment when you aren’t rushing from one thought or one experience to the next. Meditation helps—it encourages you to be mindfully present.
There’s another remedy: writing. All of us wordsmiths are lucky to have the most amazing gift of the present moment just waiting to be unwrapped and savored. When we come to the page, we’re here now:
Writing lets us shed the past like an old coat and forget the future.
Writing plunges us into exciting worlds and asks our full attention.
Writing can put us in a flow state where we forget all about time.
Writing can give us a fresh new field of play each and every day.
What a gift our calling is! What a wonderful way to inhabit the day! Let’s remember “this minute—here and now” as we all write on!
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