I just had a neat little realization, and thought I should share it with you.
I had a really great conversation with my friend Ann Rea yesterday. She’s building something really helpful for artists, and our conversation made me realize that the Monthly Experiments Project was also helpful to people. It was a good conversation about the future.
I said something at the end of our conversation that I’ve said many times before, “I’m really excited about the future.” Ann agreed.
Today, I did my morning mindfulness meditation then went to make a cup of tea. While it was brewing, I thought back on my conversation with Ann. I started to send her a text message, and wrote “Hey Ann. Thanks for the great conversation yesterday. I’m really excited about the future.”
I was about to send that message, but I paused for a moment.
I realized I wasn’t just excited about the future, I’m excited about the present.
One word. Excited about the present, instead of excited about the future. It seems like a small difference, but it’s not small. It’s big.
I’ve been practicing mindfulness for a few days now, and this kind of shift in perspective wasn’t something I expected to happen so soon.
Don’t waste your excitement on the future. Be excited about today.
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The realization that today is worth being excited about is pretty big for me. I feel happier.
You don’t have to wait for the future to be happy.
Just practice being more present, more mindful and you’ll see that there’s plenty to be excited about, right now.