In the wake of the New Year there has been much written about resolutions. Setting them. Not setting them. Questioning the fundamental concept of ‘new’. Exploring the unacceptable.
We’re all different. So it makes sense we all have a different take on the transition from one year to the next. It’s tenor. It’s meaning. Or lack thereof.
What resonated for me as I experienced the setting of 2015 and the dawn of 2016 was simple.
I read a beautiful book while on holidays – The Art of Attention by Elena Bower and Erica Jago. Strangely enough and unbeknownst to me I had rented the beach house of the artist who had taken many of the photos in the book. I was fortunate to stumble across a copy in his bookshelf.
Aside from the wonderful sequences, the book revealed some lovely ideas through the use of quotations.
This is the one that has stayed with me.
“We make a mistake when we wait for heaven, wait for enlightenment, wait for change. It is not going to happen in the future. It is happening. It is within our experience. Now is the time.” (Peter Rhodes).
It was one of those light bulb moments that felt more like a thunderbolt. When I read these simple few words. Yes. Of course. The future is happening now.
All of a sudden it seemed silly to plan to be something down the track. Couldn’t I just be that now? It seemed pure madness to tell myself I will do that one day. If it was important, why not make the first step? Start now.
This notion of Now resonated so strongly with me. Choosing to make each moment really count.
So instead of wasting a bunch of moments abstracting about what I want to be or do, I’ve decided to keep Now firmly in perspective.
Each moment a valuable one.
And when this moment is embraced fully.
And this one.
And this one.
We find ourselves treading a mindful path that is fulfilling Now.
Katherine Mair, M.A.D. Creator