Access Point: Living in the Moment
"There is a price we pay when we don't pay attention."
- James McPartland
Many of us are addicted to distraction and engulfed in a myriad of choices that are competing for our attention. Cultivating meaningful personal and professional relationships, spending quality time with our family, making important business decisions, experiencing great food, enjoying music, or simply appreciating the beauty of the day passes us by when we are busy being busy.
While it is difficult to be in the present moment, thinking about what we are thinking about creates a level of self-awareness. Of the approaches to accessing meaningful blocks of time in the present moment, gratitude comes to the top of the list. It is impossible to be both truly grateful and disconnected from the moment at the same time. Additionally, it is far easier to pay attention when it’s in service to others as compared to when we are looking out only for ourselves.
We invest in many things to play the great game of life. However, investing time in our self may be the most significant investment we can make. A day is our life in miniature. Days become weeks, weeks turn to months, and months become years. Before we know it, another birthday has come and gone. We pay to play the game of life, and the ultimate return on that investment comes when we deliberately and intentionally pay attention.