2021 has been the most transformational year of my life. I have overcome some serious challenges. I never thought I would be in the place I am in, feeling the best I have felt in my entire life. I am constantly giving thanks that I’ve made it out of some dark times and I constantly reflect on how lucky I truly am.
I was recently listening to a podcast and the interviewer asked “What is the biggest lesson you learned from your situation?” So it got me thinking. How would I answer that question? My answer hit me when I least expected it.
After a dark and cold commute to work, the sun was just about to come up. The colors over the horizon were starting to appear. Shades of light pink, purple, and blue. It was gorgeous. I felt so blessed to recognize this moment. I had a deep feeling of presence at that moment.
Too often I find myself thinking about things that already happened or trying to predict future events. This year more than ever, I have realized that when my mind goes back through past events, I have feelings of depression, regret, guilt, and despair. I beat myself up over events of the past. When I think about the future and how it can go, I get anxious that I can’t predetermine the outcome to make sure everything goes perfect for me or my family.
But when I stop and recognize the present moment, I can’t help but have gratitude and joy. Every time I stop and bring my attention to the present moment, I am so thankful for every force that brought me to that moment. I have joy knowing that if I stay present, the future will take care of itself. There is so much relief, beauty, and clarity in the present.
My big lesson learned in 2021: When you find your mind going off to worry about the past or predict the future, return to the present and give thanks. Gratitude and joy are now, and that is all you need.
*Be on the lookout for a book I have written over the last few months that details my journey over the last six years where I discuss my heart attacks, mental health, and the principles I have used to overcome some serious challenges in my life. Subscribe for updates.