Last year was tough, like every other year, but a bit tougher in every possible way. However, after going through all the lows and the rough terrain, I ended up learning a lot.
I learned about life, about how helpful those difficult moments had actually been and how I need to be grateful for all that happened. It changed me, my outlook towards life and my reaction to circumstances good or bad.
Last year taught me to forget about the past and the future and focus ONLY ON THE PRESENT MOMENT–the moment that’s LIFE!
Ergo, my WOTY (Word/Words of the Year):
LIVE IN THE MOMENT
Just being physically present in the here and the now makes no sense if you aren’t mentally and emotionally invested in it. To be able to live fully and experience every moment in all its entirety, you need to be living and breathing the moment, focusing on it 100%. And, that is what I have been attempting since 2019 began.
I won’t say it’s easy, because it is not. We condition ourselves to forever look back at what happened and dream about what we would like to happen. Rarely do we forget the past tense and the future tense and concentrate on the present continuous. So, yes, it’s tough unlearning all that I was used to and learn something new, after all these years.
But, change, as we know, takes time to develop into a habit. It also takes a lot of hard work, patience, and consistency. And, that’s what I have been working at.
There are times when I lose myself in the past, in comparing today with yesterday and how ephemeral Life is. But, after a while, I bring myself back to the present so that I experience well what the moment has brought for me.
HOW LIVING IN THE MOMENT HELPS ME:
Living in the here and the now helps me reduce my anxiety; makes me realize that, what I fear about tomorrow, is just my imagination and how I need to put my imagination to better use than conjuring all sorts of horrid things and ruining the peace I experience at this moment.
Living in the moment helps me focus better on my work–be it writing or art, or helping my nephew with his studies, or even managing my home.
Living in the moment helps me come up with ideas for my blog, topics I can write about or designs/illustrations I can work on.
And, finally, living in the moment helps me enjoy the present that I have, without worrying about the future that’s uncertain and ruing the past that can’t be changed.
It gives me peace of mind and a whole lot of sense about how I need to use my mental capacities for my well-being and my happiness.
WORKING ON YOUR NEW YEAR GOALS:
it isn’t easy making your new year resolutions stick. We make goals and sometimes we forget all about them. However, working on at least one of those goals (especially if it’s to do with your health) helps.
It’s just a few days left for September and so many of us must have forgotten about the new year goals. But, doing just one tiny thing will help you get back on track!
- In your journal, write down only ONE goal you had decided to work on when the year began.
- Next, write down whatever you have been doing as far as following that goal is concerned. For example, if it’s about losing weight or developing a new hobby, then, write down what steps you have taken.
- Then, write down when (approximately) you stopped working towards it and the reasons behind doing so.
- And, finally, write how you would feel if you could go back to following that goal and how it would affect your life. Decide on a reward for yourself when you complete it.
- Now, start working on it, all over again. Make time–even half an hour would do–to work on it. Keep track of your progress on an everyday basis. Note it down in your journal on the same page where you wrote about it.
- After a week or 10 days, get an appraisal from yourself, but do it objectively. If you have been following it diligently, reward yourself and watch yourself brimming with joy. If you could not work on it, draw up a schedule and promise to be a little bit strict with yourself till the time you reach your goal!
Try it. it’s all worth it!