"they are happy and at peace, refusing to think beyond the present"
now, today, the present time/moment, the here and now
"forget the past and think about the present"
Not gonna lie about it...life around here has become unmanageable. I have missed out on a lot this year because I have been pulled in a dozen different directions. This Christmas, I missed out on social events because I simply forgot about them. My health is suffering in the form of high blood pressure, weight gain, and skin breakouts (which I haven't had since the last millennium). I am constantly holding my breath, and I can feel my brain shake inside my skull sometimes. It scares me. In addition, the death of my wonderful life-long friend, Hoop (she was my first regular reader here, back when I first launched Kirb Appeal), has opened my eyes to the fact that my time here is waning, and I need to enjoy every single second of it. I need to be sure that I am focused on the things that matter, and shed the mantle of the things that don't. (That's not the mantel that you decorate, it's the other one.)
a loose sleeveless cloak or shawl, worn especially by women.
The message for the year is this: Be Present. Focus on this moment, right now. Don't dwell on past mistakes, or worry about future ones. Concentrate on what you are doing TODAY, and don't willingly take on more than you can handle at any given time. Say "Enough" when you have to. Prioritize every day, and make some of those priorities things you WANT to do, rather than HAVE to do. I'm going to come back to this post frequently in order to remember my own advice. Happy New Year to all!!