Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Magic Moments: Make the Middle Matter!
Laugh Now! Love Now! Live Now!
The past is history, tomorrow is a mystery, right now is a gift; that's why it's called the present.
Tootsie Pops, Oreos and jelly-filled Dunkin' Donuts are great reminders that the magical moments lie in the middle. This is so true of life. The endless quest of beginning and endings may cause the middle to be overlooked. The best part is NOW!
What does it mean to be present? It means to show up engaged and appreciating the moment. Overhearing a friend conduct job interviews, I was startled as he suggested to the candidates the importance of always thinking two jobs ahead. This idea really resonated with me. I understand the idea of being career-driven and climbing the ladder of success, but what is success?
I suppose if money was your only measuring stick, this idea of taking a job today and thinking about the one 2 jobs ahead would be logical. However, I have yet to meet anyone who can measure their happiness solely by their bank account. If you can't show up wholly, completely and happy in the job now, why would you take it?
This inspired a conversation revolving around the idea of what makes a great movie a great movie. Would you buy your popcorn, walk into a movie, sit down for 10-15 minutes, get up and leave and come back for the last 10-15 minutes. Of course not, and why? You would miss out on the best part. It's the middle that makes the movie great.
Your life is like a movie. You are the main character. Make the middle matter. It doesn't matter where you have been or where you are going. What matters is right now. Laugh for today. Love for today. Live for today.
If you think you will be happy when you reach your goal, make your money, get your promotion or meet your soul mate, you may be right, but you must learn to enjoy the moment you are in right now, because those will just be beginnings or endings to many more middles.
Being Happy Healthy and Fit means understanding that life is like an Oreo. The cream is in the middle. Enjoy the gift of Now, it truly is the magically delicious best part.