On a recent visit to the Jewish Museum in New York City, I saw Six Things, a collaborative installation by designers Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh. The piece included short videos, a sound-activated sculpture, and six maxims taken from Sagmeister’s journal that he says have increased his personal happiness.
While all six ideas resonated with me, I couldn’t stop thinking about one in particular, “Now Is Better.” It’s so concise and clear. It speaks of mindfulness, being present, realizing that the past happened and the future hasn’t arrived. Sagmeister’s three words remind us to embrace this moment and time.
I’m not saying that the past isn’t relevant or that the future doesn’t matter. The past holds our history, lessons, and memories (good and bad.) The future encompasses our hopes, dreams, fears, and possibilities. However, we can’t turn back time or fast forward ahead. We can be here right now.
Do you find yourself wanting to return to the past? Are you stuck? Do you find yourself wishing for this time to end so that you can move on to that next thing? Does your future focus detract from or enhance your current experience? What would happen if you focused your energy and thoughts on where you are right now? What would that look like? What would that feel like? Would it change anything?
I am grateful for the past. I look forward to the future. I am happy to be here with you now. Where are you? What are your thoughts about now? I’d love to hear your ideas. Come join the conversation.