I’m writing this blog for myself but feel free to keep on reading. Like most of the world, I’m feeling a bit stressed these days, unsure about what the future holds. Often, after successfully completing some project, I feel good until I make the mistake of turning on the TV. Inevitably there is something that elicits upsetting feelings. Sometimes it is a tragedy, more often it is politics. Regardless, my good feeling quickly dissipates. Don’t bother to tell me not to ever turn on the TV. My writer’s mind has a “need to know.”
The cool thing about being a writer, however, is that I can release thoughts in my mind onto a page. I feel less overwhelmed when I read about what I’m thinking. Maybe because it is taking a step back and observing rather than just feeling. Normally I write in my journal, but I suspect some readers of my blogs are having similar feelings—so here I am. You can now say, “It’s not just me, Libby feels the same way.”
There are always good reasons for our concerns but worrying about the future doesn’t solve potential problems. It only takes away any hope of enjoying the present. Two months ago I turned 81 years old. If I wait for everything to be fine in the world before enjoying life, well . . . . So every day I remind myself to be patient and trust and—to live in the moment. I recommend Eckhart Tolle’s book, The Power of Now. As I write this, I am warm and cozy inside a home I love, listening to the rain, and eating a muffin. I’ve gotten my stressful thoughts out of my head and down on a page. I am not thinking about what I need to do later today, tomorrow, next week or next year. I am living in the moment.
Do whatever works for you.
And then wait a few hours before turning on the TV.
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