Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing.-Chuang Tzu
Many people have trouble accepting what they’re doing right here and right now, for they’re always thinking about what they’d rather be doing, what they hope they’ll be doing soon, or what they wish they were doing–or even what they’re supposed to be doing. But are we really getting the most out of the lives that we have–right here and right now–if we’re focused on something that isn’t even real? How much does our current performance suffer if we keep our minds elsewhere? And what benefits from today’s task may we never get because we don’t do it as well as we can?
We are where we are, and we need to do what we need to do right now, so why fight it by fleeing it in our minds? Why not embrace it? Why not keep our focus centered on the current moment so that we can give the most we can to it, and benefit more from it? That way, at least, we can accept our current situation and get the most from it.
Accepting where we are right now do not by any means mean that we should resign ourselves to the way things are if we’re not satisfied with them. But if we do want change, we have to realize that it’s going to take time, effort, and patience to reach it, and we still have many current moments to deal with before our desired results become our realities. And what we get out of those current moments is up to us.
Going with the flow and making the best of our current moment is one of the soundest and most effective approaches to life that there is. And it doesn’t doom us to stay the same forever, either. It does allow us to get the most that each moment has to offer us and make our lives richer and fuller, all for the price of a bit of acceptance.
Questions to consider:
What does the present moment have to offer you?
How much of your time do you spend focused on something other than your present task? Why?
What does it mean to you to “go with the flow”?
For further thought:
Acceptance is an observation of life and suspension of judgment about whether what is happening is good or bad, right or wrong.-Ron Smotherman