Are we missing what is important?

My friend Claire and I went to see a Metallica gig and amazing just does not cover it. The atmosphere, the lighting, the sound, everything just came together that night.

Every fibre in my body was tingling. Instinctively I wanted to share this moment with everyone I knew as before long it would be over.

I went into my pocket to grab my phone so at the very least I could video it to share on social media. As I did so, I looked at Claire and took a deep breath. She was completely in the moment; she was loving every minute of that gig, she wasn’t thinking about anyone else, she was enjoying the here and now in its entirety.

It was in that second I realised that there was something else I needed to do instead. I needed to let this moment be enough, without anything more, without needing the moment to be shared or photographed or uploaded online. And I’m glad I came to my senses. I can honestly say it was one of the best gigs I have ever been to, and believe me, there have been a lot!!

Sharing every experience with others has become like second nature to us. With all the different sharing platforms out there, we have been brainwashed into thinking that the present moment isn’t worthy of our full presence!

This mind-set of dissatisfaction and distraction trickles into every facet of our lives, often without us even realising it.

  • We are continuously thinking about what is next, we rarely stop to look around, take a deep breath and appreciate what we have right here, right now.
  • We sit down at the end of the day to relax then immediately go onto Facebook or Instagram, as if relaxing and being in the moment isn’t enough
  • We get annoyed with people when they fail to live up to our expectations, as if the reality of who they are isn’t enough for us.

Sound familiar?

But what if we accepted this moment, where we are right now in the present and everything and everyone in it, as exactly enough?

What if we accepted that this moment is slipping away right now, and saw the fleeting time we have within this moment as enough, without needing to share it or capture it or alter it in any way? Isn’t that what is important?

I am not saying don’t plan for the future, I am not saying don’t share things with others. What I am saying is that when you live your life trying to capture every moment, you miss what is important; the here and now, the moment you are living in right now.

Think about it…