Reprinted with permission from Zen Habits.
In our rush to get through the tasks of our day, to complete our errands and answer emails, to look at the next video or link we find … when do we think we’ll find happiness?
If it’s not here right now, when will it come?
Maybe we think it’ll come when we improve our lives, or meet our goals, or succeed at our business, or finish our college degree. Maybe it’ll come when we go on that next trip, or when we find time to relax. Maybe tomorrow.
Or we could try this:
- Slow down instead of rushing.
- Pause to savor the current moment.
- Really notice everything about the moment, and find small things to appreciate.
- Be grateful for what there is right here, right now.
- Allow the things that are bothering you to just be in your life, without fighting with them, without pushing them away.
- Don’t allow little things to offend you. They’re not worth ruining this moment.
Let the beauty of this moment wash over you like a warm foamy wave.
These are all things we already know. But we don’t actually do them. The key here is practice.
If you don’t practice being present, slowing down, enjoying the moment right now, when will you practice? What are you practicing now instead?
Start your practice this moment.
‘When you live completely in each moment, without expecting anything, you have no idea of time.’ ~Shunryu Suzuki
The book’s publication is getting slower.
For several reasons (also a couple of “excuses”).
1. The editing is completed, but I’m toiling with completing the recommendations in the way I wanted to bring the book into the marketplace. I want to utilize the editor’s recommendations, but on the other hand, I don’t want to lose the “sting” a manifesto can have to affect change.
2. Excuse #1 – I’m nervous as shit bringing my first book into the marketplace. But I will get over this.
3. Excuse #2 – I have an “analytic” and very “philosophical” side to my personality. This is leading me to want to add sections to the book that weren’t there before to pad the page count (around 90 – 120 pages, a short manifesto). I don’t want to “pad” in the sense of adding fluff.
4. This is a tougher piece of writing for me, not because it’s a book, but because I have to take some of my prevailing “passion” out of the book, I think. I want this book to have an impact on as many people as possible, not just the typical person in my audience.
5. Excuse #3 – Busy with my copywriting for Agora.
So, this book WILL be published, that is going to happen. Just not as early this year as I thought. But, still this year.
And, I’m assembling my other book (due out 2015) as I write this.
If you always seek to acquire “stuff.” If you always are looking to move “fast,” be “first,” and go, Go, GO…
Maybe you’re not content with your life.
Contentment is a number one cause for some of the stress in our lives. Being content with your life requires a “slow” mindset… a present mindset… an “in the moment” mindset.
So look into it. If you look slow enough, there is a surprise in this very post that can get you started.