This entry was written by Michael J. Formica, MS MA EdM, Editor and Project Coordinator for LBBC who, as a mental health and education professional with more than 25 years of experience, also blogs regularly at Psychology Today.
In this blog, Michael explores the concept of forward motion suggested in Jeanne Egan’s You are exactly where you are supposed to be.
In a world full of distractions, one of the greatest gifts that we can give ourselves is to be present in the moment, and present in our lives in that moment. What that means is paying attention to what is going on around us, not just in a practical sense, but also to the opportunities and challenges with which we are constantly presented because, “There is never nothing going on.”
That line comes from a film called Peaceful Warrior, which is based on the book The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman. In the story, the hero – Dan – learns from a wise old gas station attendant – Socrates – what it means to be present, among other things. As the story begins, Dan is focused on goals and aspirations that are really intangible and, in the grander scheme of things, fairly valueless. It’s when he loses the ability to continue pursuing those dreams that he gains the perspective that makes those goals, dreams and aspirations truly valuable.
By being present and paying attention, we add value to everything. Most importantly, we add value both to ourselves and to our lives as a whole. When we are able to see and understand the true value of what we do and our place in the world, we come to a point of being able to give back in a way that celebrates the gifts that we have been given, the gifts that we encounter and the gifts that we share along the way.
This moment is the only moment. This time is made up of a collection of those only moments. If we treat every moment as precious, then the collection of moments that make up a life – your life – take on a value and worth that can be matched by nothing else in this world.
So, be here now because the past is gone, the future unwritten and this moment is a gift – that’s why we call it The Present.