Mindfulness is probably one of the most difficult traits to cultivate. Many of us spend a lot of our time living in regret, nursing grudges or worrying about things that may or may not happen. It’s so very ingrained in our individual and collective consciousnesses, that to jettison The Past and The Future takes a focused, concentrated effort.
And it’s an effort that must be lived each day, moment to moment.
“Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.”Â ~ James Thurber
What’s frustrating about living in two time periods that don’t technically exist any more/yet (past/future) is that in so doing, we lack the ability to truly harness The Present. What’s key to developing our independence is learning how to tap into the power of The Present, because it is in The Present wherein the true fulcrum of our efforts exist.
When we have the ability to notice, catalogue, discern and apply our wisdom and actions to what is happening in the here and now, we have the best tools at our disposal for fashioning our future. If we’re distracted by what has already happened, or worry about what has yet to come, we aren’t paying attention to Now.
“In today already walks tomorrow.”Â ~ Friedrich von Schiller
In previous blog posts, we’ve talked about taking managed risks as they relate to independence. Risks are projections that rely upon known factors plus the extrapolation of standard data (ie. financial trends, human aggregate behaviors, socio-economic figures etc.), cross-referenced with an understanding of our own abilities. This is the closest to a guarantee of tomorrow’s outcomes that we can expect.
However, that being said, the way we live and the choices we make today DO have an influence on our tomorrows. This is the fulcrum to which I alluded earlier. When we have the presence of mind to apply an awareness of what is happening now, coupled with hypotheticals (without attaching ourselves to the outcomes), we have achieved a certain level of independence.
It’s exceedingly difficult to be present. Being mindful takes practice. But it is a skill that we must master if we wish to become independent.
Molly Cantrell-Kraig is a woman with drive. Possessing an innate sense of purpose and a pragmatic, solution-based approach to empowering people, she fused these two traits in order to establishÃÂ Women With Drive Foundation. Based upon its founderÃ¢ÂÂs personal history, Women With Drive Foundation is a means through which Cantrell-Kraig may effect change on both a micro and macro level. By providing women with something as essential as personal transportation in order to transition them from poverty to prosperity, she, through Women With Drive Foundation, seeks to empower women to help them help themselves. Through this action, the individual applicant benefits, as does society as a whole. Follow Molly on twitter asÃÂ @mckra1g orÃÂ @WWDr1ve (Women With Drive Foundation) or “Like” them onÃÂ facebook.