Presence to Presents

present moment buddha

Well that just happened! On Sunday, I could not find my wristlet with my debit card, driver’s license or money ($20 and change). I have been leaving my main wallet home that holds all the insurance cards, library cards, misc. cards and mom stuff…I have been carrying a wristlet for years as I can throw it in my work bag and grab it as needed for gas and groceries while running errands after work and so forth. I can hear the audible gasps as you know how frustrating this is to have to go without these things and especially work on replacing and waiting for the replacements.

I will admit I did feel fear as I realized an hour into not being able to find it that it was GONE.  And, I believe it truly is lost as I had it Friday night and never needed it all day Saturday, as I was home puttering, cleaning and relaxing.  (I half expect to run across it now that everything is on its way to being replaced…lol. Getting the $20 would be nice!)

I had no weird purchases or any evidence that anyone had it.  Monday, I called and cancelled the debit card, ordered the replacement and then I had to go to DMV and order the replacement driver’s license.  Annoying and frustrating as this all was, it could have been so much worse.  I could have cried and complained through the whole process.  I could have bemoaned my fate to everyone that I encountered.  I could have rallied against the gods and fate for giving me this dilemma to deal with on top of all my everyday responsibilities and frustrations.  And, these are all things I could see myself doing five years ago or so.

But, now I choose to be present.  Living in the present moment has allowed me to find peace and my happy place amidst all these kinds of situations…and my everyday responsibilities and frustrations too.

By taking each challenge as it is presented and working on a solution in the moment, and setting aside the next step until it is time or is presented, I do not worry about it.  I do what I can when I can and let the rest be until such time that I have the necessary means to affect that challenge.  And, in the mean time I focus on the things that make me happy or move me in some way.

We only have so much energy and expending it on negative, destructive behavior is only going to make me tired, angry, and/or ill.  Why not focus on the positive, being in love, doing what makes you happy?  And the bonus is, “what we put out is what we get back.” So, I enjoy the presents that appeared to me.

In this process, I have encountered wonderful people only to happy to help me get back in business with my documents.  Being able to slow down because without my debit card, I wasn’t doing much impulse buying, as well as not feeling comfortable driving without my license in hand.  I didn’t feel guilty reading a whole book in three days!

We can let the challenges hang us up, or we can go with the flow!  The more I choose to go with the flow the more that flows to me.  Being in alignment with the present moment allows me to tap in to my creativity and enjoy the small moments in life.  Staying present takes practice and as you practice not concentrating on the thoughts that are projections or worry, the more you will be able to recognize them faster and move away from them.

This does take practice, but it is so worth it!  Eckhart Tolle says, “[w]hen the basis for your actions is inner alignment with the present moment, your actions become empowered by the intelligence of Life itself.”

*Don’t react: negative emotion, breeds negativity

*Be present: do what you can when you can, and leave the rest for another time

*Don’t worry: this expends precious energy that we can use for what we love

*Be happy: as you are waiting for the means or opportunities to affect your challenge, spend time in joyful pursuits

*LOA: what you send out is what you get back…send out positive and begin receiving positive aspects of life

I hope you found this helpful…and all is well that ends well (with only one blip…they had to reissue my debit card again! It didn’t print right and I couldn’t use it, but they are sending me a new one express mail and no charge to me!). Today is a good day:)


~Melissa xo

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