S:0273 Great Question: The Present?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.)

 

“What if this is as good as it gets?”

 

Coaching Point: It’s unusual for me to write the S3MC in the first person but I am today because this question came to me, fully formed, within the past few days and has had major impact.

While driving home from a speaking assignment, down a little used smooth country highway, in clear winter sunlight and with pleasant views of the rough Texas countryside I “heard” this question clearly, “What if this is as good as it gets?”.

I had two immediate reactions. The first was to see that I had spent a huge part of my life fantasizing about the future, when things would get “better”. As soon as I saw it I let go of requiring that the future be any certain way. Poof! The second reaction was, and this was a surprise, to notice how content I was with now. That was a shock because I had always assumed a better future, which implies that there is something wrong with now. To realize that right now is great has been tremendously freeing. It has led to gratitude and a surge of energy and strength. Does it mean that I’m no longer going to have desires, goals and plans? Not at all; I will continue to grow. It does mean that I truly am living in the present, the only place where I can do, be and have.

I hope today’s Great Question will have an equivalent impact for you.

 

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