When I look at my puppies, I cannot help but to smile. They are always so happy -- full of energy and full of life. Just being around them, I sense a feeling of comfort, like everything is right in their world.
They are satisfied with their surroundings and content with being in the present moment. (As far as I know) They do not worry about the past and they do not anticipate the future. They just live their life as it unfolds, knowing that everything is going to be okay, just the way it is.
Imagine what it would be like to:
- Always be happy
- Be able to get over a confrontation with ease and just move on with your day
- Have no worries about the world around you
- Trust that your natural instincts will keep you healthy and in balance
- Love unconditionally, every single day
It is hard not to envy that mentality. Sure, they may be dogs -- but I think people could learn a lot from them if they took a moment to truly think about that.
I've written about dwelling on the past, and being preoccupied with what the future holds. As frequently as I have these thoughts, I find myself wondering WHY?!
- Why do I let the past dictate the present?
- Why do I worry about what may (or may not) come in the future?
I know it is cliché, but I love to think about the American Proverb: "Today is the first day of the rest of your life."
Well I think I need to take those words into consideration. I need to see the present - every single moment - as a new opportunity to begin a new chapter and to embrace change.
I am starting to realize more and more each day, that I am in charge of my own life. I hold the pen to my life story, and whatever unfolds is ultimately up to me.
So here is a dedication to myself. To remain present in the moment, to not fear the future and to not dwell on the past. After all, right now really is the first opportunity to start something new and wonderful.