When I was about 10 years old I remember my grandpa saying, “No matter where you go… there you are.” Into riddles and thinking my grandpa was wise and wonderful, I thought this was a very clever saying.
As as adult I know that physically we are where we are. On a deeper level, though, I think we are where our mind is.
I can certainly be one to live in the future, focused on goals and what is coming next. Until just a couple years ago most of my efforts went into planning ahead for the days, evenings and events to come. While at work, I planned the evening. At night I lay awake with insomnia fretting about work. During a dinner party, I thought about the next day, how tired I was going to be, what would come next.
My mind was constantly in the future. And the true moments, my life’s experiences, were passing me by. And it was exhausting.
But as I work to focus on the present I realize that each day is something to think about in and of itself. Each ordinary day deserves my mental participation, some thought.
No matter where your body is, you are where your mind is. And it is gratifying to be satisfied with where you are. The past cannot be undone and the future is not guaranteed.
It seems simple and may seem trite. But I challenge you to think about your days with gratitude, as an opportunity to see something special in the ordinary. Your ordinary.