The Best Seat in the House
I love going to the movies. I know it’s cheaper to stay at home and watch a movie on television, but it’s such a treat to enter the “larger than life” movie theatre, hit the snack bar and restroom, then settle in anticipating the moment the lights go down and the screen comes alive. It’s at that moment, all that is expected of you is to focus. For some of us, that is easier said than done. It’s hard to erase all the memories of the preceding twenty-four hours of your life. Unlike watching movies at home, there’s no remote to pause the movie, so you can resolve the conflict going on in your mind.
Life is like that story playing out on the movie screen. It continues to play out whether you are participating fully or checked out. Author Wayne Dyer said we must first be willing to live fully in the present moment. He commented in his book, 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace, “The willingness and ability to live fully in the now eludes many people. While eating your appetizer, don’t be concerned with dessert. While reading a book, notice where your thoughts are. While on vacation, be there instead of thinking about what should have been done and what has to be done when returning home. Don’t let the elusive present moment get used up by thoughts that aren’t in the here and now.”
Watching the Olympics this week really brings Dyer’s message home. Top athletes from around the world must drop all distractions and give their full focus to an event. I see many of them walking around with headphones drowning out the noise around them, and going on inside their head. Music is the tool that aligns their focus. It reminds me of an interview I saw with J.J. Watt that he mentioned, once in a while before a big game, he listens to Adele in order to calm down the excitement that’s going on inside of him. As funny as that sounds, that’s one of his tools to keep him centered and in the present moment. Trust me, no fan wants him distracted during a Texans’ football game. After the game, he doesn’t have the option of going back and replaying particular parts of the game that went south.
That’s the same for us in our lives. We have the best seat in the house for our life as it plays out before us. Disengage the autopilot in your mind, and take control of your actions and thoughts by setting intentions for your day. It will keep you engaged in the present moment. Difficult, yes; is it worth the effort, absolutely. There’s no dress rehearsal in life!
Originally published in the Bay City Tribune on Sunday, August 14, 2016.