“One day at a time – this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone: and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.” Ida Scott Taylor
I really like this quote because it reminds me how simple yet important it is to live in the present moment and to take one day at a time.
Very often we become overwhelmed with life’s challenges-trying to lose weight, planning a wedding, organizing a trip, training for a race or any other event, going through a tough break up or divorce, losing a loved one, etc. It is very common to get stuck worrying about what has happened in the past, what should have happened and what we could have done differently. Then we begin to stress over what will happen in the future, what our life will be like next year or five years from now. Even just reading that over again stresses me out! So instead, to make your life easier try taking it one day at a time. Let me explain this further in a simple fashion by relating it to a weight loss goal…
Let’s say your goal is to lose 30 pounds. When you first set out to do this it seems like A LOT as your trainer tells you it will take up to a year of working out at least three times a week plus completely changing your eating habits! You start thinking about how many months of working out you need to do, how many calories you need to eat to lose weight, how many bad foods you need to stop eating, the amount of tv you will be missing, the hours of sleep you need to get, the amount of time you’ll need to do your grocery shopping and prepare your meals, the number of hours you will be spending at the gym and the number of times you’ll have to say NO to going out for dinner/drinks with your friends and BOOM your head explodes!
Now fast forward a year from now and you have lost the 30 pounds! You feel amazing, you have bought all new, smaller clothes and you are very proud of yourself for reaching your goal! But now instead of enjoying your hard work that has paid off and continuing to live a healthy lifestyle you start to worry about what’s to come, or how you will keep the weight off, what will happen if you eat unhealthy again or you get down on yourself when you miss a workout and fear that you will gain all the weight back.
I don’t want you to think that dwelling or worrying about the past or future isn’t normal (because it is, I do it too!) but I do want you to NOTICE and RECOGNIZE when you are doing this. The biggest lesson I have learned through yoga is to LIVE IN THE PRESENT and ACCEPT LIFE FOR WHAT IT IS and OTHERS (INCLUDING YOURSELF) FOR YOU THEY ARE. So when you wake up in the morning be greatful! There is nothing wrong with setting goals by any means (I do this constantly with my clients and I set personal goals) but make life easier for yourself by taking it one breath, one meal, one workout, one hour, one yoga class, one lesson, one experience, one day at a time…when you find yourself becoming overwhelmed or stressed out come back to this thought and you will feel much better and peace of mind.
So go back and read the quote at the beginning of this post…take it to heart, and practice this because it does take practice! You’ll be surprised how this changes your outlook on life and makes for a more satisfying journey.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!