Currently, I have a 5 month old male Doberman puppy and a 10 year old male Yorkshire Terrier. Each of my men have very distinct personalities; my puppy is moving continuously and getting into everything under the sun and my old man is more calm and sedate and prefers an afternoon nap rather than chase a ball endlessly in the yard. It goes without saying, of course, that they look entirely different. There is one trait; however, that they share. Both of my men live in the “now”. In fact, every animal I’ve ever loved lived in the “now.” They have no care what happened yesterday or what may or may not happen tomorrow; they are fully focused on what is happening in the moment that they are in. They fully enjoy life in all its majesty.
Living in the “now” is something I have a hard time doing. I live in the future of what might be, I live in the past of what once was, but I rarely live in the present. Generally speaking, I may laugh tomorrow over what was said today because I was too busy thinking of what happened yesterday. Life is happening all around me but I will experience it tomorrow. What if my tomorrow never arrives?
So many pleasures are missed when we don’t experience, in the present, what is happening right at this moment. How many times have I missed the feel of a snowflake on my eyelashes or the sun as it warms my skin? A few months ago as I was stepping out of my car, a slight wind kicked up and blew a shower of colorful autumn leaves down from the trees. I stood in awe at the spectacle before me. The sight was truly a gift from God. A few weeks later my puppy went out in the snow for the first time; as the snow fell from the sky he examined each snowflake as if he would never behold a sight such as this again. He was right there, in the moment. When the the trees rained their leaves around me, I was right there – in the moment.
I need to be in the moment more often. I need to remember vividly those things that can not be bought, borrowed or stolen. I can only remember those things if I experience them in the now.