My mantra and inspirational quote for 2018 is “Enjoy what’s right in front of you.” Planning for the future, making lists, and getting things done are all important activities. Sometimes I feel that I am so fixated on the future that I either forget to enjoy what’s happening today or I think I don’t have time to do something fun because I am too busy checking things off my to-do list. I hope that practicing mindfulness by appreciating what is right in front of me can help me avoid getting so distracted by the future.
I have a confession: I am a bit obsessed with retirement planning. I read many books on retirement and make a lot of financial projections. I look at real estate and imagine where we should live and how we will spend our time. These are all good things to do, but I also don’t want to plan my life away! I want to enjoy the house I’m in now. Our oldest daughter is living at home for now after graduating college and it’s great to get to know her as a young adult. 2017 brought a lot of unexpected changes to our parents’ lives: forced retirement, health challenges, and moving homes. It makes me more aware that I don’t know what this next year will hold. So I’ve decided on my mantra for 2018. I’m going to be mindful and enjoy what’s right here, right now. My best wishes to you and yours in the new year.