Today, I’m advocating for living in the moment rather than taking a long view all of the time.
Watching an Allman Brothers concert from 1991, I was happy to see Dickey Betts performing his wonderful love song, Blue Sky. That must be one of ABB’s most enduring and popular songs; it’s certainly a favorite of mine.
The lyrics are few but powerful: Walk along the river, sweet lullaby, it just keeps on flowing, it don’t worry about where it’s going.
There’s a wake-up call to live in the moment and not to get bogged down in trying to control your future at the expense of your happiness and peace of mind today.
It’s great to plan ahead and try to take steps to ensure a satisfying and secure future for yourself and your family.
But what’s wrong with taking some time each and every day and being like that river…just BE and not worry about where you’re going.
Look around, see where you are, and get pleasure from just that. Enjoy your comfortable chair. Admire the view from your office window. Appreciate your coworker’s sense of humor. Savor the taste of your morning coffee. Be grateful for your spouse’s smile.
I’d like to try this more often and for longer periods…why don’t you try it too?