We must use time creatively. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I subscribe online to the DailyOm ( There are many aspects to this site, but one is a daily horoscope, providing something to focus on for the day. When I check my horoscope, I find it uncannily accurate. Today's horoscope was significant, and part of the reason for this blog post. It suggested we ask ourselves, “What is it that would really enhance your life right now?”  It continued, “Basing our future goals on our present self keeps our dreams more closely in sync with who we really are.” When we really think about it, what else can we honestly base our goals on, but who we really are? Certainly not other people’s intentions for us.

Answering that question requires two different time references – the present moment and our envisioned future. Enhancing our lives requires us to be fully present in each moment, while also holding an awareness of our long-term vision. Only then can we make the best choices about where to expend each moment of our energy.

I love this quote by the cartoonist, Bil Keane: “Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present.” Even though it is often difficult, I try to "be in the moment" with whatever I am doing, and not focus on the future.  But when I am creating something my mind easily wonders to thoughts like: “What am I my going to do this afternoon? How am I going to solve problem X?”  When I do this I’m not in either place – the moment or the future. While working on this post I failed miserably. I succumbed to reading several text messages and lost my focus. When we are not present with what we are doing, our heart and spirit will not be reflected in the work.

 Lost time is never found again. Benjamin Franklin

The need to be aware of the present, as well as the future, sounds like a conflict. Yet, there is time and place to bring each one into a state of heightened focus. When I'm working on something creative I need to be totally in the moment, while still lightly holding an awareness of my envisioned future.

When I am working on clarifying my goals and intentions for the future, I need to set aside quiet time when I am not “doing” anything, but merely “being.” That could mean meditating about my future, doing a creative visualization or stream-of- consciousness writing. During these times, the active pursuit of my creative projects needs to retreat to the background.  Then, when I am clear about my future purpose, all of my choices and creative projects will reflect this knowing.

The beginning of the New Year is the perfect time to focus on our vision for the future, particularly for 2017. Using numerology to demonstrate this, Patti Clark states in her new blog post:

“…..from a numerological perspective, 2017 is a “one” year. (In short: 2+0+1+7 = 10 = 1+0 = 1.) Numerology looks at time in nine-year cycles, in which a “one” year begins a new nine-year cycle of creativity, learning and growth. It is a time of intentions and planning for the next phase. The intentions and foundations you build in 2017 can help shape the upcoming years. A “one” year is the perfect time to set intentions and goals for yourself.” 

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I will let a Steve Job’s quote end this current post:

  “Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.  Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out     your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

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