I am a forward thinker always looking ahead to where we can go, what we can do, and who we can reach. I love vision-inspired strategy and building relationships to accomplish great things together. Though thankful for what I have, I live with a healthy dissatisfaction propelling me to productivity and advancement in every area of my life and influence. I’ve got a fight inside of me to confront the things I hate and to establish the things I love.
I believe that everyone must have hope for the future and an internal motivation propelling them to greater things. However, with all of that said, what about today? What about the present?
The fact is that I cannot go back and change the past or try to hold on by relishing in the ‘good ole’ days. Tomorrow’s chapters of my life’s story have not yet been written. All I have in this moment is NOW. I have today! Consequently, the attitudes I have, how I think, and what I do today will determine the beauty of my life. Today is our window of opportunity to determine if we will love our life or bellyache over its difficulties. Our mindsets are where the battles are won or lost. So the question is, how can we see beauty in the present when facing challenging circumstances or purposeless boredom?
Write today’s story. My today is not defined by yesterday or by the victories and challenges of the future. It is, however, a clean slate upon which I can now write. What do I want today to say about me, my accomplishments, or the lives that I have touched? What do I want today’s history to record? Mother Teresa, who impacted the globe said, “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We only have today. Let us begin.”
Learn something new today. We are all a work in progress. Today is our opportunity to learn and grow. Today is my classroom to advance intellectually, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. All applied learning has the ability to alter my mindset and ultimately my contribution to the world. This knowledge functions like compounded interest that will make me rich in things money cannot buy.
Touch someone today. We carry within us gifts, talents, and the internal fortitude to be an encourager—generating courage in others.
“What good are our gifts if we are not generous givers?”
Thomas Jefferson probably did not know he was in agreement with neuroscience when he said, “I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.” The premise for Jefferson’s statement was undoubtedly experiential; however, the scientific fact remains that when valuing another, an invitation is sent to their mind that can aid in their emotional healing and positive memory building process. What is also remarkable is that our choice to validate others has automatically built healthy memory with the subsequent “feel-good” chemicals affecting every cell in our own bodies. You see, when we do good we feel good! One of the greatest ways to have a great day is to do great things!
Many are looking for the profound truths that will engender personal success and meet their core needs. These three little things may seem simple, however, when practiced in the present, they have the power to bring out the beauty of the NOW and the security to build the dreams of tomorrow.
“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” Steve Jobs
Finding beauty in the present is the pen with which we can write our memoirs and our dreams!
From one leader to another,
Dr. Melodye Hilton