a thought and a book recommendation...

April 07, 2011

there are many people in this world who could benefit from spending a little more time planning, organizing and generally being productive. then there are people like me, who could really stand to cut back a little on the planning, organizing and productivity.

there were a couple of days this week that i had hoped to get jobs, but didn't...which isn't a huge deal. i'll survive. what troubled me is that when i woke up to a new day, free of responsibilities, i didn't set out to just enjoy it. instead, i racked my brain for 'productive' things i could do. mind you, my to-do list is pretty short at the moment, so i wasn't really needing a day of productivity. i finally got myself out of the house to go for a walk one afternoon and was thinking about how i want to enjoy each day more, and not just look at a new day as an opportunity to be productive. then i came across this quote by my good friend tom as i was preparing for bible study...
[Jesus] wasn't always looking ahead anxiously, making the present moment count only because of what might come next. no: he seems to have had the skill of living totally in the present, giving attention totally to the present task, celebrating the goodness of God here and now. if that's not a recipe for happiness, i don't know what is.
that's what i'm looking for. the skill of living totally in the present. but i'm not always sure what that looks like. sometimes it comes so easily, i don't even realize it's happening. for example, when i spend this weekend in georgia with the broomes and the browns, i doubt i will have any trouble enjoying exactly where i am and who i'm with. but in other, everyday life situations, it's not so easy to enjoy what is right in front of you. i'd be glad to hear any thoughts/suggestions/advice on the subject!

now for the book recommendation.

this is the book. i think you should read it. i tried to write an explanation of the main points, but it sounded terrible and i don't think the author would have been pleased. so i'm just going to let you read it for yourself. while the topic obviously applies to everyone, (who doesn't have decisions to make) the focus is on my generation. and even more specifically, those of us who have a hard time making decisions. (ahem) so go ahead...read it.

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