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Tuesday
Jun182013

Now Is Better

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.

 

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Reader Comments (10)

Love the concept of Now is Better! My clients often talk about putting "things" aside and they will come back later, but in reality never do come back. It ends up holding them back when they come back too. Now is better to make a decision, put something away, take a moment to write something down or just have a pause to collect your thoughts.

June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

When I saw the picture, my first thought was NOW IS BETTER so don't procrastinate. Don't put off pursuing your goals until the time is just right. But living in the moment is VERY important. We can miss so much if we waste our attention dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.

June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

I love how Now is Better can be so tied into what we do. With so many clients who have motivation and procrastination issues, this be present, be mindful, be in the moment mind set can be life changing. What works for you now? Does this work for the life you are leading now? WIll you really make time Later to go through these things, read these magazine, etc. Love how we can center all these questions around Now is Better! thanks LInda. awesome post.

June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie Josel

Now IS better, especially when I'm "hearing" all your amazing voices. I can see that this phrase has struck a chord for each of you too and the possibilities that it suggests.

@Ellen- Thank you for addressing the issue of "later," and that often what we imagine we "might" do never materializes. NOW IS BETTER can be used as an action call.

@Janet- Love the add-on phase you inserted, "...so don't procrastinate." That's another dimension of this idea, another way to think about it. Great!

@Leslie- Wonderful group of "now-focused" questions you've shared. They will help us and help us help our clients to be present and mindful in our decision-making.

June 18, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

now is better. makes sense to me b/c "better" recognizes the past and the future. but the one that really counts is NOW. so "better" its not. not really. not "better". its really all we have. but that concept is hard to grasp. so saying its 'better" is just perfect!

June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLa Diva Latina

Jennese- Thank you for sharing your thought process on the significance of "better." I like how you view it as giving a nod to the past and the future. Nice.

June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Great article. I to believe to live for now, you never know when its your last day.

June 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Hi David- Life is most definitely precious. Too often we put off deciding or doing for "someday." We wish away time instead of being present and grateful for now.

June 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

My husband is a procrastinator, because he is also a perfectionist. We have loosened him up somewhat to accept the here and now, has made him a happier person.

June 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

Jill- Bravo to your husband on making such great strides towards focusing on the "here and now!" Happier…always a good thing.

June 30, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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