The Wow of Now

The naked now, the one without frills, the one that was always here, just wasn’t as interesting as what could be, what should be, and what I wanted to be. Geneen Roth, author of This Messy Magnificent Life

Like many of us, Geneen admits that for several years she lived a life of “if only.” Perhaps you too have thought, “If only I was thin, if only I could find love, if only I had a better job, a bigger house—if only I had a mom.” We become entranced with the belief that happiness is in the future or in changing the past. 

Eventually, Geneen learned to not only want, but really love, the now more than the possibilities of the future. She writes, “The pull of drama (the what ifs) still compels me, but the love of showing up where I am is bigger.” This morning, my children, grandchildren, husband, and I celebrated Jesus’ birth with gifts, laughter, love, birthday cake, ice cream, hats, and poppers. Believe me, I was fully in the naked now!

Affirmation: I choose to live in the now.

Coaching questions: What will motivate you to take a foot out of the past or future and move into the now? What difference will it make in your quality of life?

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The Wow of Now

The naked now, the one without frills, the one that was always here, just wasn’t as interesting as what could be, what should be, and what I wanted to be. Geneen Roth, author of Women Food and God and When Food is Love

Like many of us, Geneen admits that for several years she lived a life of “if only”…if only I was thin, if only I found love, if only I had a better job, a bigger house, (if only I hadn’t lost my mom). ..I’d be happy. She became so entranced with the belief that happiness was in the future (or possibly in the case of others…the past), she was missing out on the now.

I’m happy to report that Geneen finally learned to want…really love…the now more than the possibilities of the future. She explains, “The pull of drama (the what ifs) still compels me, but the love of showing up where I am is bigger. Nothing can compete with the love of this life blazing in and through me, which, along with the depth of night-sky stillness, also includes outrageous laughter, salted chocolate, and occasional swoops of sadness.”

Affirmation: I choose to live in the now.

Coaching questions: Are you living in the now? If not, what will motivate you to take a foot out of the past or future and move into the now? What difference will it make in your quality of life?