My name is Chris and I am a Florida girl who loves flower photography, chasing light, and guitar players, among other things. All images are mine unless otherwise specified.
And it’s blowing my mind that this movie is 18 YEARS OLD.
Also, I had that same phone Cusack is using in this movie. I loved that fucking phone.
A few weeks ago I started practicing something I’d been toying with for a long time: the concept of being in the moment. For a long time I’ve been halfheartedly trying to stay in the moment. But I could never put it into practice when I really needed it. I couldn’t make it a habit. I’m not exactly sure what changed a couple weeks ago, but suddenly I was repeating this mantra to myself, over and over: "Stay In The Moment."
And what a difference it has made. In circumstances where, in the past, my anxiety would propel my mind to jump ahead to disasters and crises that had not happened yet, now I think: "Stay in this moment. Right here. Where things are good, the world is not falling apart. Stay in this moment."
It gets a little trickier when the moment sucks, of course. But that is when you need to make this practice work. Because staying in a moment that’s fun, or delicious, or peaceful, is a cinch. Staying in a moment where you have to endure horrible people, or you don’t feel well, that takes a lot more work. However, if you can find a way to stay in that moment, the really shitty ones, then you will feel so strong. Enduring the uncomfortable moments makes enjoying the happy ones so much better.
When Holly asked me what I was thinking about for a theme this week, this was the first thing I thought of. Like many of our previous themes, it’s not just here for a week and then gone. It’s something that sticks with us, becoming a habit, a characteristic, something meaningful.
Staying in the moment works differently for everyone, with different motivations and different actions. But the calm and the joy you get from it, we can all use a little more of that.
Please join us if you can.