Living in Today

Reading: “Finding Joy in the Journey,” President Thomas S. Monson, October 2008 General Conference, Sunday Morning Session

This is our one and only chance at mortal life—here and now. The longer we live, the greater is our realization that it is brief. Opportunities come, and then they are gone. I believe that among the greatest lessons we are to learn in this short sojourn upon the earth are lessons that help us distinguish between what is important and what is not. I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and non-existent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey—now.

This is the counsel President Monson gives in his beautiful talk on living in the moment.  He asks us to enjoy our families and our children and the work we do each day.  Rather than focusing on a distant future when everything will be better, it is better to enjoy what is going on right now.

Another quote that I have heard President Monson quote many times, and that he quotes again in this talk comes from The Music Man:

You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you’ve collected a lot of empty yesterdays.

In my life I also often get wrapped up in planning the future and let what is happening right now pass me by.  This has especially been true the past week or so as I plan for our move and get things ready for Christmas.  There is so much to do, and as I’ve gotten wrapped up in the many tasks ahead of us I have gotten kind of stressed out.

We only have one month left in Provo!  I am going to try to live President Monson’s counsel and enjoy the time that we have left.  Specifically, I think a fun activity for the coming weeks would be to go around and take pictures of us at places that we frequently go, like BYU campus, the Provo City Library, and favorite restaurants.

How do you keep yourself living in the moment?

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