LISTEN-hear what is being said, hear the beauty of the sounds, hear the music of the moment. Do not think there may be something more important that you are missing. Do not glance around in distress wondering who of importance you are missing. Nothing is more annoying than to be talking with someone while they are looking over your shoulder -scanning the crowd for someone else. Listen with intent--giving the sure message of the importance of what your are hearing at this moment. I practice listening in the present by carefully hearing what The Little People are saying. Often it takes a long time for them to tell their story and there are even times when The Little Man repeats the same sentences over and over. They are important to me--I love them--they deserve my attention. It gives the message, "I hear you." I am present with you and I am listening to you.
ACCEPT-the moment---good or bad accept what is in front of you. Life is not all butterflies and rainbows. None of us want the bad--but it is a part of life. Turn to the one who will sustain you, uphold you, and give you the strength to face this moment of struggle. Stay in the present and cherish the moment you have been given. Remember all you are guaranteed is this second--the present moment and make the most of what you are experiencing right now.
OBSERVE-where you are, who is with you, what is happening. Approach each moment as if you will have to recount-bear witness-to all that is happening. It is a great tool to remind us of to stay in the moment. Everything around you is important and all of it is a part of the present. Become a student of the science of living in the moment and work hard at excelling in staying there.
Why is it so important to stay in the present? Living in the present is living where life is happening. The past is gone--history- and the future is not guaranteed--a mere dream of what might be. Since you are only promised this moment--make the most of it and find the contentment of being completely present as you live the moment.
These days I am practicing living in the joy and contentment of the moment. It takes work--moment by moment. Focusing on the present---letting the past stay in the history book and not dwelling on tomorrow can be a struggle. I remind myself I can meet The Lord in this moment--and He desires me to stay in the moment listening, accepting and observing Who he is.
What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while
and then vanishes.