This Moment is the Gift

I recently had lunch with one of my favorite clients. During lunch I asked her about having a vision for the future. I’ve been thinking a lot about vision lately and re-evaluating my goals. Although I still believe goals are good, what she had to say has really stuck with me so I thought I would share her words with you.

Keep in mind this client is 90 years old. Her perspective on life always gives me pause and reminds me to reflect on my life. I hope I can be half as wise as she is when I’m her age. She said. “I try not to think too much about the future. What’s important to me is this moment, this time right now, having lunch with you.” 

In my twenties, I trained three days per week in a Japanese martial art called Aikido. My Aikido instructor said it this way, “The past is behind us. The future does not yet exist, but this moment, right now, is a gift, and that is why it is called the present.” He may not have originated this saying, but it does make me pause and contemplate where my focus is.  Where is your focus? And is it where you want it to be?

As featured in the Jul/Aug 2018 Westsound Journal.

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