The losses in life have taught me many valuable lessons. Some lessons were too hard to endure and some I will never understand. In the midst of it all, I have asked God for the grace to accept, release and move forward in life.
I've learned there is no right or wrong way to feel. But to be aware of my emotions and it's triggers. As a matter of fact, that is why we have emotions, to remind us that we are human. God arranges for both kinds of days, good and bad that we will not take anything for granted (Ecclesiates 7:14).
One of my most valuable lessons I have learned is to be grateful and content with the here and now moments of life. Of course, there is nothing wrong with wanting more and having desires. I believe God desires for us to be good stewards of the seconds, minutes and hours of our day, by simply learning to be present in it.
There have been times when I thought I would be happier if.........or things would be better when......... and still found that I was unhappy. We must learn to enjoy the now, because all we have is now. The past was once the now, and the future will eventually be the now! So why not enjoy the moment? The psalmist said it best, " Teach me to number my days, so that I may know how frail I am."
The truth is, our life is in the hands of a greater existence, the giver and creator of life. There is a time to set goals, dream and write out your life's vision. You will be surprised how simply living in the moment, will help you get there. Being present in the moment will help you gracefully accept what is, or is not. You may also have the epiphany and creativity you need to problem solve and get to the next phase of your life.
The next time you are strolling through your neighborhood for an enjoyable walk, try being in the moment with nature. Be aware of what is going on around you. You will notice how much more happier and joyful your life will tend to be, by practicing being present in the moment.
Shontorial P. Gilbert,
Life Purpose Coach