Last week, Kristen’s Corner was about making every moment count. We spend so much time focusing on the next step or phase in life that we tend to miss the opportunity and magic of the present moment.
This week, I want to share with you some of the ways that help me to focus my attention on where I am here and now.
Practice saying, I enjoy this. Each day there are things we have to do – brush our teeth, comb our hair, take a shower and eat a meal – so why not enjoy each of these to the maximum amount?
As I put my makeup on in the mornings (sorry guys, bad example for y’all), I used to try to hurry. There was no need to rush, I just wanted to get it on as fast as possible and move on to the next part of my day. But now, I truly do enjoy putting on my eye shadow and mascara each morning. And the funny thing is, it doesn’t take me any longer, I just have my focus on the present task.
Another way to focus on enjoying the moment is by not trying to multi-task all the time. This may in fact be the hardest thing for me to do. I multi-task ALL the time! As I brush my teeth, I used to read my email. While I eat, I read a book or play on Facebook. As I talk on the phone, I straighten up my apartment. But now, I’ve really tried to work on this area. When I talk on the phone, I sit down on my bed and even turn off the light sometimes. As I brush my teeth, I thank God for my health ability to wake up each morning. In class, as my professor lectures, I give them my undivided attention instead of thinking about another class. I enjoy the present task and learn what God has for each moment of my day.
The story of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42) hits the nail on the head when talking about living in the present moment. Martha was “overly occupied and too busy” to sit down and enjoy the present moment of Jesus being in her home.
And lastly, enjoy people. Life is too short to be too busy to visit with friend. As a college student about to graduate, there are lots of friends that I probably won’t see after I leave Lubbock. Take the time to go grab lunch or even a coke. Sit down and visit.
Don’t miss the miracle of the moment.