72 Days ’til 40: STOP WASTING THIS MOMENT!!!

11 Dec


The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. ~ Buddha

The present moment is filled with joy and happiness.  If you are attentive, you will see it. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Each of us is the best we can be when we are fully present, focused yet relaxed, curious yet non-judgmental, committed yet flexible. ~ John Kuypers

The point of power is always in the present moment. ~ Louise L. Hay

Today I was at a conference.  It was an AMAZING conference today, with talented speakers from all over the world.  I was completely mesmorized by the incredible words of wisdom being shared as each speaker took the stage.  And, I was APPALLED.  Why was I appalled?  Because as I started to glance around the audience I realized that there were very few audience members who chose to be in the moment, enjoying the presentations and maximizing the knowledge being shared.  Most conference participants were checking email, facebooking, tweeting, and texting.  They did glance up at the speaker from time to time, sometimes they would even focus on the speaker for a full 2-3 minutes.  Then, it was back down to social media connections.

This led me to the title of this blog post – STOP WASTING THIS MOMENT!

Imagine if we were all able to pause for a moment, really pause.  Imagine if we could challenge ourselves to disconnect from the world outside of the room we are sitting in.  Imagine if we could, if we WOULD, allow ourselves to BE IN THIS PRESENT MOMENT…..

I enjoyed the conference today.  Like so many of the audience members, I felt myself drawn to connect with the outside world – mostly out of habit.  Twenty years ago I was able to enjoy conferences for what they were – and attended them with full interest and dedication to learning the content the conference creators set out to teach the participants.  I used to engage with the other participants and make wonderful new connections.  It was wonderful.  Today, I challenged myself to disconnect and listen.  When I allowed myself to focus only on the present moment, I walked away with the gift of new knowledge and understanding, and I was inspired.

Today, 72 days ’til 40, I challenge myself to put technology and social media connections aside, even if only for a short period each day, and focus on the present.  I challenge you to do the same.



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17 responses to “72 Days ’til 40: STOP WASTING THIS MOMENT!!!

  1. queenoffamilosity

    December 11, 2012 at 01:00

    Great reminder. It makes me think of a quote that has stuck in my mind for years. “Take care of the moment and you take care of all time.” I am sorry that I do not remember who to credit it to.

  2. A Table in the Sun

    December 11, 2012 at 03:35

    I quite agree. People act like the world will end if they don’t have their cell phones on at all times. And it’s not just the below 40 crowd.

  3. Turn Around and Swim Life | Lessons| Laughter | Love

    December 11, 2012 at 05:04

    Good for you! There is only one thing we can really be sure of and that is this very moment. Live it, right? I just blogged earlier about technology sucking the life out of us. Great quotes and thanks for the reminder!

    • 400daystil40

      December 11, 2012 at 21:48

      Yes, exactly! I can relate to your earlier blog!

  4. walkwiththerabbi

    December 11, 2012 at 05:40

    Real and genuine growth takes place when we’re present, in the NOW, put on a beginner’s mind and create an inviolate sanctuary around our mind and heart so no unconscious thoughts can enter. That, is the seat of power.

  5. Kim

    December 11, 2012 at 14:15

    This is such a great reminder…perfect to start my day with. Thank you so much!!!

  6. Another Thousand Words

    December 11, 2012 at 23:58

    For those attendees who were really NOT listening…what a bunch of rude, clueless fools! When I see people who simply cannot disconnect from their phones for one nanosecond, it disturbs me so very much. The phone will be there (as long as you pay the bill!)…the moment will NOT!

  7. knitxpressions

    December 18, 2012 at 17:17

    I agree with you. We should spend less time staring at the laptop/mobile phone screens and more time looking around at the flowers, trees and beautiful world we have.

  8. Lucianus Mauricius

    December 21, 2012 at 06:50

    You’ve basically described Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which forces you to focus on the here and now and pay attention to even the smallest detail, thus allowing not only to relax, but to gain a better perspective of your own situation. Thank for sharing this.


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