Every Sunday, I take a break from writing about Work, Life, and Changing the World. Instead, I write about my imperfect understanding of God’s perfect love as my personal mission to spread His word and His love and to make a difference. You can read more Mission posts here.
I’m sorry for the late post today. I wasn’t able to write yesterday. Now, my streak of writing everyday is broken.
But, there’s a lesson I learned from it (and I have a not-so-valid excuse).
Yesterday, I played with my niece and nephew the whole day. We played with their toy dinosaurs, watched movies, played football, and a lot more.
When they woke up this morning, I couldn’t help but notice how happy they already were for another “play day.” They probably woke up smiling like they always do.
They went to my room, woke me up, and said “Good morning, Tito Abu.” They really think I’m Aladdin’s monkey who evolved into a human. Okay, not really. But, they got so used to calling me that. Also, they gave me their very wide smiles, their warm hugs, and sweet kisses.
After they left (for five minutes), I was still lying in bed thinking about what I would do tomorrow, what I would write about today and tomorrow, and what I would do to grow my blog and become a freelancer.
When they came back, we played again, but I was preoccupied with so many things. I was so preoccupied that I couldn’t fully enjoy our play time.
I realized that unlike children, most of us live each moment of our lives preoccupied by so many things like our work or our worries that we cannot fully stay in the present moment. Most of us cannot live in the now. Most of us live in what could have been or what could be that we fail to live in what is.
That’s why most of us have a hard time enjoying our lives and living our lives to the fullest like children do.
They don’t worry about tomorrow. They focus on living their lives just for today.
We used to be that way. But, somewhere along the way, we changed. We became too practical and realistic.
Maybe it's time for us to learn from the little ones instead of us teaching them and live our lives just for today.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” — Matthew 6:34
P.S. Most of the time, what we are too preoccupied with is success. What we fail to realize is that success doesn’t come to those who pursue it and too preoccupied with it. Success comes to those who pursue excellence. And to be excellent, one should do his or her best now. To be excellent, one should be focused on what is. It's the only way to be excellent (and happy).