25 Days of Christmas #12: Be In The Moment

By: Janine Serio

Thich Nhan Hanh once said, “Nothing is more precious than being in the moment. Fully alive. Fully well.”

Truth: I struggle with being “in the moment.” I am either on to the next thing OR I am trying to write the ending to a story that has not even played out yet. This is, especially, the case around the Holiday’s.

You see, Christmas is my favorite time of the year. It always has been. It’s not so much “Christmas Day” but the anticipation leading up to it. Maybe this is why I was so compelled to put together my rendition of the “25 Days of Christmas.” As exciting as the “anticipation phase” feels, though, I have come to recognize that in my daily grind of “going, going, going”, I miss out on a lot.

A whole lot. 

Today’s post is being spurred by an upcoming birthday of mine and THAT FEAR of getting older. This is the same fear that has me questioning all the times over the past couple years, and then some, that my mindset has lacked the abundance this time of year should bring. Maybe this year seems more prevalent because I feel lonely. Although I have a wonderful support system around me, I, still, feel like there is a void.

On my quest towards healing after heartbreak, loss, and divorce, I feel this has pulled me even further away from being aware of the moment I am in. Let’s be honest, anytime we are not fully engaged in what is happening right here, right now, we are living in a way that is not real. 

We are living in a way that is not authentic. 

Today’s gift is for all of you who, like me, feel this constant pull to not embrace reality to its fullest extent. For all of us who find ourselves drifting in and out “IT” quite frequently.

This gift is about turning off the autopilot switch and to start living life. 

I want us to focus our efforts on embracing the true meaning of the season. With all the hustle and bustle, I want us to stop, take a breath, and enjoy what life is offering us at this very moment in time. While it is a process, I want us to stop thinking about “what has not been accomplished on the to-do list” or even “what is going to be happening 2 weeks from now” when Christmas will just be another day in the books. Let’s stop missing out and, instead, be an active participant in what’s happening now. 

Because, like it or not, “Life is available only in the present moment” {Thich Nhan Hanh}


P.S. Here is a picture from a recent visit to the BIG APPLE a few days ago with my sister & her BFF from college. It’s kind of hard NOT to be “present” in all the Holiday excitement when you are surrounded by lots of cheer (and a few honking taxi cabs too)! 

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