I'm a bit of a closet fan of Eckhart Tolle - he's a little bit too new-agey for my sensibilities at times, but he has a lot to say about "living in the now" that I appreciate and have been trying to apply to my life. This latest quote that I saw has helped me remember not to sit stagnating in the one place.
It's so easy to sit back and wait for something to happen - the sign from heaven, the message in a fortune cookie, the profound advice from a friend, or whatever it takes to help us move forward. But sometimes you don't need to have the future all sewn up and deep and meaningful. Sometimes you can just seize the moment and enjoy living an ordinary life.
I'm am certain that trudging through life is not the answer. There is a degree of doing what needs to be done, but as midlife settles into place, there is room to take a breath and find pleasure in what life has to offer now - rather than waiting for the big moment that is sure to come along soon. I've stuck to the straight and narrow for a long time, but I think 50 was the turning point for me where I stopped 'waiting to start living' and just got on with finding joy in where I am now. If something is stopping me from being content then I need to tackle it and deal with it - not soldier on indefinitely.
My plan is to be joyful, to be content, to have an attitude of gratitude and to not worry (too much) about what the future holds. I don't want to be missing out on the pleasure of having time to myself and some head-space because I am scared about what will happen a year or more down the track. So I'm letting Eckhart Tolle help remind me to live for now rather than waiting for some magic moment in the future.
This post was part of the #1word challenge - this week's word was "help"