“If you let yourself be absorbed completely, if you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.” ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh …
The riches of life are ours to have–to experience in our own ways and on our own terms. Perhaps you can think of a time in which you were so caught up with what you were doing at the moment that you failed to notice time passing by? Maybe you thought an hour had gone by, but then looked at the clock and realized that hours had passed since you started. That is being absorbed, and at times it is a wonderful experience–knowing that you have been so focused on doing something well and doing it right that everything else simply dropped out of your mind.
I believe this is what Anne is impressing upon us here when she says “surrender to the moment.” She is encouraging us to focus completely on what this present moment in time is bringing to us, to live completely in whatever is happening around us as they pass us by. Perhaps this moment has brought us a conversation with someone–what would it be like to be completely involved in it, forgetting for the time being about what emails, texts, or likes we might have waiting for us on our cell phone? I am confident we would get more out of the conversation, and there is a good chance that the other individual will find our company much more important and of value.
As life gets more complex, it becomes all that much more difficult for us to become completely involved in the moment. And as the time we have available shrinks in direct correlation with the amount of stuff we have to deal with, we may find ourselves starting to multitask in day to day situations. For me, the result has led me to live partially in the moment throughout the day. I have had to make conscience decisions to turn off or mute my phone, turn off the television or radio, and set down the book or tablet, so that I can direct my attention to one thing, and become truly involved in the moment.
Do I listen when my wife needs to speak with me? Do I show concern when my children come to me with questions or worries? Do I truly recognize the moments in my life each day? If our goal is to live our lives more fully and richly, then we must start with the moments, for life is made up of moments.
Become completely absorbed in the moment at least once.
Questions to consider:
What do you think it means to “surrender completely to the moments as they pass”? Are you able to do so?
What are some ways that one can practice being fully involved in any given moment in his or her life?
Why do we choose to have so many distractions in our lives? Do they help us to live more fully what is in front of us here and now?
For further thought:
“Are you present in this moment, right here, right now? Or are you remembering what you didn’t do yesterday, thinking about what you have to do tomorrow, regretting what you did last week. If you are in any of these places, you are not here, right now in the fullness of this moment. The richness of the present is here. The fullness of now is present. If you are not here now, it means you could be missing the love, joy, peace and brand-new ideas that are here right now. Why not take a moment to gather yourself, to pull yourself together, to collect all of your thoughts and feelings in this time and place?” ~ Iyanla Vanzant