In the past couple of days some friends have had very sad news to share. They have had life changing issues to contend with. It has made me contemplate a few things about what I am doing and what I face in my life.
It is very easy, for me at least, to start considering the future challenges before I even reach them. When I am feeling quite down about life nothing appears to be positive and I can only see trouble ahead.
My approach means if I am not careful I miss out on all the good stuff that is around me on a daily basis. I have written before about the importance of a gratitude journal and saying thank you. I have also considered the recent push to get people to consider mindfulness and what it can bring. I am coming to the conclusion that my answer lies somewhere in the middle – between future planning and mindfulness.
Realistically I need to plan for certain elements of my life whether that is financial or personal. Without planning I could find myself struggling to deal with basic parts of living. But I have to stop myself trying to predict what the future may hold as none of us know that.
When I was having my riding lesson on my horse who is getting old. I was in the moment. He may be 20 but he rode like a seven-year-old and that was a moment in time that I must treasure.
The challenge for me is to find the balance between now and tomorrow and to train myself in the way I think about life.