Past, Present, or Future: Where Do You Get Stuck?
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I’ve already begun packing. I’m still a few days away from traveling, but I like to think ahead.

Too much ahead.

I’m a planner. It can be a useful thing most of the time (including packing a few days ahead of time!). I can get more things accomplished efficiently and easily when I plan responsibly.

But the downside of enjoying planning so much? I can miss out on the present.

But one thing I’m learning is that this moment is never a throw-away. The middle moments aren’t meant to be wasted; they’re meant to be lived. 

I even used NOW as my One Word in 2015 to specifically concentrate on staying present with God (here are 4 lessons I learned on living in the now, but I’m still working on it). 

That’s why I appreciate Lynn’s measured approach in this week’s featured post, “What Is Being Present in the Moment (And Is It Even Realistic?).”

I recommend you read it, too, if you find yourself getting stuck in either the past or the future, or unable to think about anything but the present. We all have our unique stumbling blocks, yet we all can benefit from Lynn’s “Simply Daily Goals” of praying, defining 3 goals, visualizing their completion, and reviewing our day each evening.

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2 thoughts on “Past, Present, or Future: Where Do You Get Stuck?
—Grace & Truth Linkup

  1. Lynn D. Morrissey

    Lisa, I’ll look forward to reading the recommended blog, but just had to tell you: When I read your post I laughed aloud! When I went to Iona, I quite LITERALLY packed for MONTH. I kid you not. I took over our long dining room table, and laid everything out, checking and double-checking and even removing and replacing things over the course of one month. I was to be gone on an overseas adventure alone (can’t still believe I actually did this) to join a group of women in Oban, Scotland on a spiritual retreat, later to travel by ferryboat, van, and another ferryboat to the remote Isle of Iona). I also was vastly restricted to luggage size and one small carry-on. So I had to get this right. But I do tend to become overwhelmed with packing. Can you tell?! 🙂 That is the perfectionist in me…. but maybe also the worrier to be ready for every, single possibility. Were I enjoying the now, I wouldn’t have time to fear the future! Ok, heading over now for the blog about Now!

  2. Lynn

    Thank you for featuring my post, Lisa. I happened to be away enjoying the present in the Rocky Mountains the day it was posted. Sometimes it is getting away that also helps us get present again! I tend to keep a backpack packed of essentials so I am pre-packed when I travel. I guess that is defined as planning ahead to help with the present! Have a wonderful trip!

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