Be Present, In Every Moment
One of the reasons I started this daily blog was to keep myself accountable to my core values, one of them being to be present, in every moment. Yesterday, while reducing the number of books on my daughter’s bookshelf, I came across The Three Questions by Jon J Muth (based on a short story by Leo Tolstoy).
Gratitude Tip: Watch carefully for things that might seems as though they are coincidences, as perhaps they are nudges from the Universe that help to guide you on your path. Nothing happens by accident.
Recently, I had read (in Daring Greatly) that reading aloud to each other as adults was a great way to connect, to absorb a story and to listen. I offered to read this book to my husband. The Three Questions are:
When is the best time to do things?
Who is the most important one?
What is the right thing to do?
Simple questions. Simple answers. Not always easy to follow. This morning, I was given an opportunity to apply these lessons. I wake up before my family to go for a meditative walk in the woods nearby. My daughter woke up at the same time this morning, and she asked if she could come with me. As per the three questions – the best time to do things is NOW. The most important one at that time was HER. And the right thing to do was to BRING HER WITH me on the walk.
So I did. It wasn’t what I had planned and I didn’t get to meditate. I got an even better gift. Another opportunity to watch the sunrise with my daughter and time in nature with her. Being present is just that. Reminding ourselves what is most important right now. When faced with a choice today, ask yourself these three questions, and you’ll have a much easier time making a decision.