It’s a beautiful fall day here in colorful Colorado. The trees are changing and they’re starting to become somewhat bare. Leaves with hues of maroon and golden yellow stir in the wind and I can’t help but start singing some Pocahontas soundtracks.
“Can you paint with all the colors of the winddd….”
No I’m not here to sing Disney karaoke, although it is one of my many talents. I’m here to tell you to take the time and have lunch with a friend. Really sit down, put your phones to the side or leave them in your car. Grab some tacos and actually communicate with someone today.
You might be inspired afterwards.
A friend of mine told me something today that struck me instantly.
JUST BE PRESENT
We were talking about how life in your early twenties is tough. You’re at the stage where you really need to figure out what you’re going to do with the next 20-30+ years of your life. You start preparing yourself for your careers. You might be at the stage where marriage is around the corner and babies. OR you have literally no idea what tomorrow holds and you live by the seat of your pants and you’re just going wherever this windy fall day takes you.
Regardless, we should be present. Be completely and 100% there wherever it might be. We were discussing how we usually are half ourselves in the stage of life we are in. We’re too busy putting the other bits + pieces of ourselves into things that at the end of the day, aren’t actually helping us grow. For instance, putting yourself into drama with a coworker or a friend. Maybe we are too busy with our social media and our phones become an appendage. Perhaps we are too busy wondering what we are going to do next Friday night. Or maybe we are at home, hiding from the world because it’s just too much for us to handle right now.
Be present. Be wholly and completely yourself wherever you are.
Be engaged in life. Be where you need to be when you need to be there.
Physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally.
Don’t stay in your bed all day long and watch life completely disappear around you, because life isn’t going to stop for any of us.
We need to find out who we are first before we can allow other people to find out for themselves. Words will be twisted, actions will be misconstrued, and odds are you will go through life and someone will always have something to say. So be present and be aware of your actions. You define who you are. Not the rumors around you. You define your future. Not the bottle of whiskey in your bag. You control what you say and how you feel about people.
So be present in your friends lives. Have lunch and be aware of what’s going on in their day-to-day schedules. Be there for them when they’re hiding in bed, too afraid of the world. Be present for your family members. Call your grandparents and tell them you love them. Stop by your parents house and tell them thank you for being present in your childhood. Find someone that impacted your life and be present for their accomplishments. Go to church and be represent your life on your knees for the Lord who is ALWAYS present for us whenever we need Him.
Don’t hesitate. Run and be there.