The importance of being present

Today, while working outside with my dog, Scout, I noticed how she was able to appreciate the peace and quiet of the back harbour.  The two of us have spent the better part of 2 months up north working on the cottage, allowing me to ponder my next career move.

I saw her staring out at the beautiful view, in a peaceful moment, and realized that I had missed doing that most of the summer.  I was so busy “doing” that I forgot to “be” present, slow down, and take in the wonder of the world around me.  Scout had figured it all out, and she was doing it each and every day.

My learning and intention from all of this is to spend a little time each day enjoying the moment, being present, and taking whatever insights I might gain from the experience.

A stunning view of Georgian Bay from the cottage.

A beautiful view of Georgian Bay from the cottage.

2 thoughts on “The importance of being present

  1. It is reassuring to read that many of the thoughts and ideas that you have been struggling with are mine too. What is my calling? Where do I belong? How do I overcome the fears that hold me back? I was compelled to comment on this post because I feel that it is in the above mentioned moments that life is truly lived. Careers and goals etc are important, obviously since we spend a significant amount of our lives submerged in them, but it’s in these moments where we take a step back, take a breath, and really be present that we remind ourselves that we are a part of something much bigger and all the beauty around us took time/effort/fear/failure/confusion/hope/risks to become what it is. This post was a good reminder that I too need to take time everyday to open my eyes and really look at what I have and what is around me in order to clearly and honestly look towards the future.

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