Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Wonderful Now

Yesterday started out like any other Saturday and turned out to be one of the best days ever. Did we have a windfall and spend the day having an adventure in some exotic locale? Nope. Did Luke Perry give me a foot massage as Vin Diesel fed me cupcakes while Clive Owen read to me from The Food Lover's Companion? Nah, it was a cupcake-and-mancake-free day.

The details aren't exciting or glamorous, in fact a portion of the day was spent moving furniture and cleaning and polishing all the wood floors. It wasn't until I got into bed last evening with a smile on my face did I realize why it was such a wonderful day...

For each moment I spent yesterday, I was in that moment. I wasn't dwelling on the past or fretting about the future or fannying about with to-do lists, I wasn't fantasizing about being elsewhere, I wasn't avoiding feeling things by perseverating about food, or worse, binging on it. I wasn't focusing on calories or working out or what I should or shouldn't be doing, I was out of my head and was in "the now." I took each moment as it came and ended up with a feeling of deep satisfaction that really surprised me. It was an epiphany!

We miss so much by avoiding/fantasizing/dwelling on the past/fretting about the future, yet we all do it. What's so bad about actually being in the moment that we have right now? Yesterday was just another Saturday yet it was transformed (and transforming) because I was living it, enjoying it, making the most of it, instead of frittering it away lost in my head. Rob and I bonded, laughed, worked together, lost track of time, whipped up a nonsensical last minute dinner that was the most delicious meal I've had in a long time.

Just another Saturday turned out to be a real lesson in living. So take a deep breath, get out of your head and get into the now, you may just find something wonderful here.

To read more, check out The Art of Now, Six Steps to Living in the Moment.


  1. Sounds fantastic! I really hear you.

  2. It's so funny that you wrote about living in the moment! Just seconds ago, as I scrolled through my list of daily blogs, I thought to myself, "OK. Today I'm going to live in the moment! So here we go. I'm clicking on Andra's blog now..."

    HA! Love it. Glad you had such a great Saturday :)