Living in the Present Moment

  • Nature has always served as one of my greatest teachers. Yesterday was no exception, as the spring weather in the mountains was a fun reminder for me to live in the present moment. The saying in the Rocky Mountains is, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes”, as like life, it’s always changing.

    It’s late April, yet yesterday I awoke to a beautiful blanket of snow. Knowing that I must live in the moment NOW, I jumped out of bed and announced that I was going for a walk.

    My husband and Koda, our dog, decided to join me. We spent an hour hiking through the mountains, enjoying each moment. The previous day had been tee shirt weather, yet the morning snow varied from 2″ to 4″ in depth. The weather continued to change constantly, from flurries to blinding snow, to yes, even back to blue skies and brilliant sunshine.

    The “would you just make up your mind” kind of weather continued throughout the day and almost became a joke as it changed so much. But through it all, I celebrated what showed up. Rather than complaining about what I couldn’t change, I celebrated what was, knowing that the present moment wouldn’t last very long and even enjoying each snowflake.

    Nature provided me with a tangible example of the changes in my life, and the opportunities to live in the moment. So, when it was sunny I took off my jacket and smiled at the sun, and when the snow covered my hair, I made snowballs and tossed them at my husband. Regardless of the weather, or the change that was happening in the present moment, I made a choice to be happy and enjoy the day. That decision resulted in one of the best days I’ve had in a long time, simply because I made a conscious choice to enjoy the present moment.

    We all get caught up in the “stuff” we have to do and sometimes forget that each day is made of moments for us to enjoy. We forget that we have 86,400 seconds, or moments to truly savor and live each day.

    Today, especially on a Monday, I’m going to consciously attempt to live in the present moment, be grateful for what shows up and smile for at least half of them. Come rain, come snow or the brilliant sunshine of life, I’m choosing to be happy and smile through whatever shows up. I invite you to join me.

    By the end of the day yesterday, all of the snow had melted and our world was covered in mud. Yet, as I write this to you this morning, my world is once again covered with a fresh blanket of newly fallen snow. The trees are decorated with bright white puffs filling their verdant green boughs. The landscape almost blends into the gray skies in the background. The falling snow is getting lighter and lighter by the moment and blue skies are only moments away…. But for now, I’m off to enjoy the snow, and the moment, with a smile.

    Gail Lynne Goodwin

    Gail Lynne Goodwin is the founder of InspireMeToday.com, bringing the best inspiration to the world. InspireMeToday.com provides free inspiration, each day from a new Inspirational Luminary, to a global community of folks from over 150 countries. Gail has interviewed many well-known names including Sir Richard Branson, Guy Laliberte, Seth Godin, Tony Hseih, Gary Vaynerchuk, Michael Gerber, Marci Shimoff, Jack Canfield and hundreds more. According to Mashable, Gail was one of 2009's Top 25 Most Inspirational People on Twitter. Prior to InspireMeToday.com, Gail spent several years as manager for her recording artist daughter, Carly. As a result of the success of their co-penned song, "Baby Come Back Home", Gail accompanied her daughter to bases in the US and to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where Carly performed for our troops. Gail and Carly created the 'World's Longest Letter' of love and support and delivered the 18-mile long scroll on a month-long tour of Iraq and the Persian Gulf in 2006. Gail is excited to present her latest course, Love in 21 Days, a step-by-step guide to finding love online. Love in 21 Days is founded on a logical process that has been tested - and proven! - by not only Gail, but also by students around the world who too have found love. Gail is a published author and a regular writer for the Huffington Post. She offers mentoring and mastermind services to clients worldwide from her home in Whitefish, Montana. Follow Gail on Twitter or Google+.

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    1. Mellisa McJunkin
      Mellisa McJunkin says:

      Hi Gail,
      I live in Western Montana. And I have to admit…. lately I have been complaining more than rejoicing over the weather. I needed to be reminded that it’s all about today… not yesterday… not tomorrow… just the moment. Live in it, enjoy it and be thankful for all things.
      Have a most blessed today!
      Mellisa

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    2. Sam
      Sam says:

      It look beautiful Gail
      But you know it’s too cold for me 😉
      I’m glad you’re enjoying your new home
      I cant wait to see photos from summer :))
      Take care
      Your PA friend
      Sam xo

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