December. Oh the holiday spirit, cooler weather, fire in the fireplace, children’s faces aglow in anticipation. It can be a very joyous time of the year if you’re in the right place at the right time in the right frame of mind, or at least on the postcard or magazine cover.

It is also often a time of reflection. How’s it going? Where have I been? What went well? What didn’t? And, from the annual New Year’s resolutions perspective, have I succeeded with matching my intentions? Or did all that promise evaporate in the middle of January? Are there regrets? Did I become better, or worse? The annual review of the highlights or lowlights of the year.

Then there is January. New Year. New Year’s Day. The annual resolutions. Our intentions. Our grand desires. Making the list, full of hope and expectation. I will. It will be. I want more. I want less. I want better ________.

I see. I hear. I smell. I taste. I feel. 

In this period of time, December ending the year, and January beginning the new year, it is so easy to lose what is now, enjoying life now, loving others now, living in the now. This moment. This minute. This hour. This glorious day.

Having just had yet another birthday, and the older I get, the less I look back and the less I look forward. I no longer, and haven’t for some time now set new year’s resolutions, or intentions. Nor do I look back much anymore at what was, the so-called good ole’ days, or the mistakes or trauma. No. The older I get, and the wiser I become, the more I spend my time right here, right now, this moment.

Another choice of my gaining age and wisdom is that I tie my focus on now to a celebration of each moment I’m alive. I see. I hear. I smell. I taste. I feel. I experience. They say, ‘life is for the living,’ and how true that is to me now, and the living can only really be living when it is now. Looking back, or bringing the past into the present in my thoughts, or projecting my thoughts into the future is messing with the glory of now, the glory of life, of living.

So, in case you’re interested in joining me, I highly recommend letting the past go. It was. It was then. It is not now. In addition, I highly recommend giving no attention to the future. I might be. It’s a definite maybe, but it isn’t real yet because it isn’t now. The only reality is. Right. This. Moment. Now. This moment. Then this moment. Then this moment. Feel the fullness of it. Feel the love it in. Feel the freedom of it. Feel the joy of it. Feel the experience of it. Experience the experience of it. WasIsMabye.!? Was. Is! Maybe? Hmmmm. I choose Is!

Terry Minion is an owner/manager of www.UpwardTrend.org, a website, online marketing company based in Fairfield CA. He also writes the CTS Daily Inspirations at www.ctsdaily.net.