Isn’t that a cheesy and idealistic title? If you are like me, you will have passed right by.
Naturally, my tendency is to worry, and project imagined, negative outcomes long into the future. I will wake up in the morning and think, “What am I doing with my life? Will I ever be able to get a job after all this time spent at home?” I will look at my kids and wonder, “Are we messing them up? Are they developing to their fullest potential, or do they need more – vacations, extra-curricular activities, quality time…omega-3 fatty acids??”
At the very least, I’m not one to close my eyes and ignore the difficulties of life, in favour of a whitewashed, artificial, ‘positive’ outlook.
But a friend of mine recently told me about a technique she learned from a counsellor, that she calls 3-3-3. Very simply, it is an exercise in which you thank God for: 3 things you can see, 3 things you can touch, and 3 things you can hear. I tried it, and my mood improved. I felt calmer.
I had practiced intentional thanksgiving in the past: thank you for my family; thank you for my health; thank you for my coffee maker; etc. And yes, that helped too, but I felt there was something unique about the “see,” “touch,” and “hear” component. What was it?
I think that by focusing on see, touch, and hear, you pull yourself out of your fearsome imaginings and bring your mind back into the present moment. Back to today. Look around you! And listen, and feel – all of the things you have been ignoring, because you were so busy stressing about things that have not yet happened (and probably never will).
More than likely, you will come to the conclusion that: there actually are wonderful things all around you. And no, not every day can be wonderful. But many of us are privileged enough that the vast majority of days can be, if we will only open up our senses. (Maybe sometimes, it’s good to be a little short-sighted.)
There’s a woman living on my street who has the bubbliest, friendliest personality, and the most infectious giggle, that you could ever imagine. She’s one of the first people I met when we moved here. She’s probably the first person everyone meets! Because, that’s just the way she is.
After our morning chats at the school bus stop, she will often send me away with an exuberant salutation: “Have a wonderful day!”
I have often heard people say: “Have a nice day.” I’ve grown accustomed to it. But here she is, with the nerve to speak of a “wonderful” one!
It got me to thinking. Could today be wonderful?
And you know what? Most days, I wake up to a fresh pot of coffee that my husband has brewed. To healthy, joyful children bounding around the room and climbing up on my bed. To warm sun on my face, or crisp, cool air in my lungs. And to many other great things that I can see, hear, and touch.
I cannot know or control what will happen in the next 10 or 20 years. But yes, today can be wonderful. And probably, tomorrow can be too.
“Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
Do you struggle to live in the moment? I would love to hear your perspective in the comments section below.