Moving through life is like driving. When we are driving, looking out the front windshield, things seem to take a long time to approach us. When looking out the side window, they flash by. Think about that: when you look at what you are passing right in the moment, it is gone before you even really have time to experience it. When we do life in the fast lane, steadfastly focused on the future, we pass by the “now” without realizing what we rob ourselves of. It is not until we are confronted with a milestone – like a child’s first steps, a graduation or major birthday, moving out of a well-loved home, noticing the first grey hairs of someone that we love – that we take a glance in the rear view mirror and notice, with regret and perhaps a bit of sadness, just how much road is behind us.
At p.Link, we believe with everything we’ve got that it is possible to have an eye to the future and a steady foot in the present. That great things can be accomplished by striving for the future, and you can be fully present for your life today. Our goal is that, when you glance in the rear view mirror at the road behind you, you are filled with gratitude and the deep satisfaction of knowing you are experiencing a life well-lived. All that being said, it is helpful to have techniques to slow time down and learn the art of savoring.
The magic of these practices, which at their core are all about mindfulness, is that, while they bring you solidly into the present moment, they also help you deal with what’s coming much better. Coming “home” to your core, taking time to calm your busy mind, and reminding yourself that you’ve got everything you need on-board fires up your most authentic and creative self. You show up composed, interested, and interesting, and from there, you can lead a life on, and of, purpose.
About the author: Gretchen is the co-founder and CEO of p.Link Coaching Center for Excellence. She writes, speaks, and trains around the world on behalf of p.Link and makes her home in Maryland with her husband and their twin 10-year-old boys. Mindfulness is a moment-by-moment practice for her and key to her well-being.