I recently thought of a perplexing concept. Dreams. Not the type you have while sleeping, but the aspiration-centric one. Many of us have dreams. We dream about our lives, our careers, ourselves as people, or a blend of them all. Our constant fixation with time tells us our dreams exist in the future. It is this very pattern that prohibits us from living in the moment. We are either thinking about what happened in our past to lead us to where we are or working toward the future, in hopes of what the past couldn’t deliver. What about the now? Where does it fall if we don’t create space for it?
As a fan of social media, I love discovering what’s “trending.” A couple weeks ago, I saw that many people were starting to use the hashtag #100happydays. The premise of this hashtag is that you choose one thing every day that makes you happy. Essentially, you’re choosing to find happiness every single day for 100 days. I have to admit, I do love this trend, because it’s centered around counting your blessings and it fosters a positive outlook on life. It also focuses on what’s happening now, today, which is truly genius, despite it being rooted in a social media front.
Many of us don’t realize how important it is to live for today. Sure, trends, songs and life’s unplanned curveballs remind us every once in a while, but being present is something that must come from within. Even though I’m aware of this, I often catch myself looking back in time, thinking about why this or that happened and wondering if everything will get straightened out in the days/weeks/months to come. I’m trying really hard to correct this life-long tendency, and it’s getting easier every time.
I invite you to do the same. Train your mind just like you train a stubborn muscle. Train it to be present, to be aware and to be here, in the now. The now is the only place we all exist. Never did a moment exist like this one or will there ever be an exact replica of it. Make your dreams exist here, create space for it with every single breath and, slowly, you’ll realize the present is really the greatest dream of them all.
Love and light to you all.