“Before you pull your own trigger and get pissed off or fall into a soup of anxiety, resentment or overwhelm- if you can just for a brief second realize you are lost, lost in thought and isolated from the world around you. Rather than pulling your own trigger, come back to your life (world) exactly as it is in this moment. You might become aware of smells. You might hear a dog barking. You might become aware of the sensation of your feet on the ground. You might even notice that the family member standing in front of you is just an imperfect person immersed in themselves with their own struggles and reactivity (even if they vacation in the French Riviera). And then you will know- you are no longer pulling your own trigger. Instead, you are living your life.” – Randall Sokoloff
For the first time in about six weeks or so, I’ve stopped pulling my own emotional triggers. With so much on my mind and so many changes and realizations happening professionally, personally and otherwise, it’s been hard for me to remain mindful and in the present. It’s often easier for me to overanalyze what I could’ve done differently in the past or what I should be doing to prepare for a better future or to get lost in thoughts of what that future may look like. In thinking about my drive to be more present, I thought this exerpt above from an email I received yesterday was a friendly reminder to come back to this moment and live in it. Doing so will allow me to let go of whatever negative emotions and thoughts are trying to distract me so I can stay focused on the beauty in the present and the tasks at hand this day.