A picture perfect day was happening all around this photographer and the same is true for most of us on most days. Our life is perfect but we may have our attention focussed elsewhere and so we do not experience it.
How easy it is in life to look forward in anticipation or glance over our shoulders to remember what has been before. I know because I have personal experience of doing it but the truth is that our lives are perfect right here and now regardless of what is going on.
That is the real surprise to me. The fact that perfection exists even when I am experiencing things I dislike and wish would go away. All aspects of my life are required to create the person I am today. Without stress I would not be able to enjoy the relaxing times because I would not recognize them. This knowledge comforts me during the trying times. One of my strategies is to allow myself to wallow in the mire and really experience it. I tire after a while and then I am ready for the next adventure. And sure enough there it is waiting for me.
Now I do not suggest that “wallowing” is a place to remain very long and neither for that matter is any other state. The gift of life is perpetual movement. In fact, without movement there is no life although all movement does not necessarily indicate life. I am suggesting that we take the time to look, listen and live the life we have today. For in living consciously today I create the possibility that I will live consciously tomorrow and any day lived fully and consciously will contribute to our loving the life we live.