Being Present To Win

The other day I noticed the watch of a client:

Being Present

I asked what the watch meant to him. He said it was a gift from his wife, and that it was to remind him to enjoy the present. I’m impressed by the great watches that are available out there. I once blogged about another watch worn by an Apple store employee who found that time stood still when he was doing what he loved.

The experience of the watch the other day reminded me of a favorite quote. In what I consider to be my first “real” job, I sat down at my desk in a new job I had just taken. The desk had been inhabited by a former worker. I happened to pull out a writing table, where there taped to the table was a quote:

“Enjoy here while you are here, because there is no here, there.”

In our yearning for days long past, or in our myopic focus for opportunities and achievements yet to come, we often forget to enjoy the present. It is perhaps one of my greater weaknesses.

In A.A. Milne’s great series, Pooh Bear asks, “What day is it?”

“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.

“My favorite day,” said Pooh.

You’ve heard the expression given during sweepstakes or giveaways: “You must be present to win.” Well, perhaps there’s more truth to that then we take for granted. Perhaps the real prize is being present.

Here’s to making today and every day the best!

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