I think one of the hardest things to do is to be present.
I’m not saying this because it is the hardest thing in the world for me to do. Universally, I just think this is so hard.
Think how often you dream of the future. Think how often you despair about the past.
Think how often you are on your cell phone instead of engaging in conversation. Think how often your mind is somewhere else.
Think how often you dream of the “greener grass.” Think how often you say, “If only I had…” or “If only I could…”
Think how often you are thinking about a person’s teeth rather than what they are saying. Think how often you feign tiredness, exhaustion, or sickness just to not actually be present. Think how often you are trying to think how quickly you can get your point across while a person is talking. Think how many times we have multiple things going on at once.
I am guilty of all of the above.
It has taken me a long time to realize the truth, but the truth is: There is no better time then the present. It takes a realization that God is as loving, desiring, and proud during the ordinary as He is during the extraordinary.
The present is a gift, and I don’t know about you, but I want to learn how to live in it. Fully present. Fully engaged.