This morning I return to work after the Labor Day holiday. I awoke with my mind racing, thinking about the need to cram five days of work into four. I was in multitasking mode before I even sat up in bed and put my feet on the floor. This is a common thing for me, but it is something I work hard at counteracting because I learned the lesson demonstrated in the quote above.
When I slow myself down and focus on one thought or task at a time, I allow myself the time and space to fully process what I am experiencing. This decreases my subconscious need to relive that event later, second guess decisions, and wonder what I missed because my mind was on other things.
If you replay the sad or painful events of the past, you are living through them twice. If you allow yourself to be anxious about what may or may not happen in the future, you are putting yourself through them twice. What these scenarios have in common is that they both rob you of being present in the here and now., which means you’re not living in the present.
Today I encourage you to be fully present. Put down your phone when you’re having a conversation, eating a meal, or watching television and focus your attention on truly experiencing those things. Multitasking is not a time saver, it is a thief. Getting more done is not worth much when the quality of what you’re doing suffers.
Never forget that I love you, and that excludes no one.