2011 – The Year of Now

I was reading Ann Voskamp’s blog just now at The Holy Experience. What she wrote about being alive really struck me.

“I desecrate now when I dismiss it in my push for the next. There are snowflakes sticking to the glass of the window.Right there at the table’s edge I can see them clustering together, piling, melding on the pane. I almost missed it.

I miss living this moment because my head’s already moved into the next moment — the one that isn’t even here yet — and when I am not in this moment but trying to shove into a moment that doesn’t even exist — I miss out on living at all. I may bodily be in this space but I am not even alive.”

I am a nurse with a million things to do and tasks to accomplish in a circumscribed space of time. I am ALWAYS thinking of the next moment. I can even see myself brushing off the present needs of patients in my care because I see the hour is getting late and my pile of tasks is still too high even though I have skipped dinner and bathroom breaks and catching my breath. I want this to change. I want to live in the now. That is my resolution for this year. If I have something to do now, I will. Things that are not life-threatening will wait. If my time runs out then my time runs out. Now dictates what I will do.

So now I must feed the dogs. They are at my feet, whining….

Dawn

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4 comments on “2011 – The Year of Now

    • Happy Birthday, Debra! Thanks for your insightfulness. Your words made what I envision for my year much broader and much more real. Now is all there is. I studied Navajo world view for an academic paper I did one year. They have no past, present or future. All is progressive present so all of time is always presently real for them. It is a unique perspective which makes every moment precious.

      Thanks for taking the time to be with me for a moment,
      Dawn

  1. Hi, I found you from Ann’s.

    The year of “now” – this is so needed. I’m with you so much on this. The future doesn’t exist, or the past, the only thing that exists is NOW.

    I’d like to let you know that I have prayed today for your year of “now” for him to help you stay in moments and be present

    My word was “connecting” – look, I’m doing it 🙂

    May God richly bless you, and keep you and make His face to shine upon you and give you peace.

    • Dear Craig,

      You’ll never know the impact you made in me by praying for me. I so thank you. I am really not good at living in the now at all so I need the empowerment of prayer. Thanks for connecting with me. I smiled when you said connecting was your word. I think if I’d really live in the now more, I’d connect more. What a nice byproduct. May the Lord reign in your heart and mine. Only in that way will we keep our focus.

      Lord, Jesus, thanks for Craig and his obedience to what You have shown him. We both thank you for Ann who was our common connection!

      Kindest regards,
      Dawn

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