Be Present

As 2019 came to a close, I examined January 2020 with some trepidation. On the schedule was: working on the History channel Miniseries WASHINGTON, score producing Season 2 of Homecoming, other small projects AND spending time with my family who were coming to LA aaallllll the way from Tasmania, Australia.

Not only did I want to keep completely on top of all the work, I wanted to enjoy the time with my family, and have as much of that as was feasible. And then I needed to get some rest. I needed time with my guy. There was a lot I wanted to pack into one month.

I could think of one way to get through it and that was this: where ever I was, I tried to be there. Really there. Fully there. When I was working, I wanted to work hard, focus and get it done well. When I was with my loved ones, thoroughly enjoy every second and see it for the gift it was. When it was time to rest, do my best to let it all go and power down.

The truth is, it is exhausting trying to do one thing while worrying about another. You can’t enjoy where you are. There is no actual benefit to that practice. It does no one any good, not you and certainly not the people around you. It is so hard not to do it though, right? But I think it is a worthy goal to try.

Annie Dillard says “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing.” We have the power to curate our time, and we have the power to curate where our mind is during that time. This is in our control, our decision.

Look at who and what is in your life right now. Who is loving you. What brings your joy. What you look forward to. Every moment we have is precious – we say this all the time but it is so true – whether it is time creating, time with our loved ones or time by ourselves. So make sure you are actually, fully there.

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