The late Dr. Wayne Walter Dyer, an American philosopher and motivational speaker, said, “You aren’t your work, your accomplishments, your possessions, your home, your family…your anything. You’re a creation of your source, dressed in a physical human body intended to experience and enjoy life on earth.” Dr. Dyer was relaying his belief about the importance of enjoying life.
It is important to live in the present moment and not get ahead of ourselves or allow bad memories from the past to get in the way of our enjoyment. Today is all that we have because tomorrow is not promised, according to the word of God. So, wherever you are today, be there in mind, body and spirit and find satisfaction in just being. Believing that happiness always starts after work or when you are on vacation, or shopping and so on, can be a hindrance to appreciating the present moment.
The enjoyment of living should be a part of your everyday happiness no matter where you are or what activities you are engaged in. Of course, everyone has activities they enjoy more than others. We call them our favorite things to do! Nancy Reagan expressed the call to envision the greatness of life when she said, “To my young friends out there: Life can be great, but not when you can’t see it. So, open your eyes to life: to see it in the vivid colors that God gave us as a precious gift to His children, to enjoy life to the fullest, and to make it count. Say yes to your life.”
Of course, we all have moments in which we wish we were somewhere other than where we are because of the remembrance of something that made us feel sad or unhappy. For those times, I suggest that you try one of the following to overcome bad memories:
- Refrain them. The more active you are doing the things you enjoy, the less likely bad memories will surface.
- Reject them. The next time a bad memory resurfaces, refuse to entertain it. Do not contemplate the things of the past.
- Refocus your thoughts. Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead are words inspired by God’s servant.
Prepare your mind to focus on your blessings by praying daily! The most effective way to overcome bad memories is to replace them with good ones. And here’s some great news. Every promise God gives you contains the power to fulfill it. So, meditate on these words–Refrain, Reject, and Refocus–and personalize them for the enjoyment of life! And Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!
By Chaplain Ghosten