Food for Thought: Being and Living in the Present Can Tough

We want to plan for our future and look back or dwell in the past. So we try to live in the present and focus on the day ahead. Yet this is easier said than done.

If were going through any kind of struggle (emotional, mental, physical, or spiritual), living in the present can be tough. We encounter things that are out of our control. We get curve balls that throw our daily, weekly, monthly, or even yearly schedules for a loop. When these things happen, we want to focus on the future outcomes and look back on what happened. Our attention is driven back to the future and the past.

Being emotionally present can be tough to do if you have a whirlwind of emotions going on. Mentally your attention and focus can be scattered and your being driven by your out of control emotions. Maybe you have a physical ailment that is taking your attention and focus. You might have just gotten your wisdom teeth pulled and your attention and focus is all on the pain your feeling. Maybe someone just passed away who you were very close to and now you may be questioning your morals, values, or the spiritual beliefs you hold dear.

If all 4 of these aspects aren’t in check, then trying to be present can be difficult. Being present can be one of the hardest things to do and master. Over the course of our life, we are told to focus and plan on our future. Look back and learn from our mistakes. Even though these are good, we aren’t taught how to look forward properly and come back to the present. We also aren’t taught how to not dwell on the past and come back to the present.

Don’t give up if your trying to master this concept. Some days it’s easier and some days it’s harder; I speak from experience. Ask trusted friends, family members, teachers, or counselors for tips and advice if your struggling. Remember your not perfect; no is perfect.

Take care, stay safe, and remember that your not alone and you have worth in this world.

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