Living In the “Now:” My Best Holiday Season Ever
I was going to call the title of this post, Living in the “Present,” but I didn't want to use “present” in case you get confused about the word present as meaning a “gift.” This post, however, is about getting holiday gifts for my son.
Today we're going to talk about appreciating life and living in the present.
It is what many people call, living in the “now.”
If we live in the past and think of only the memories, our lives are always dim and discouraging.
If we live in the future and only focus on our goals, we lose gratitude for what we have experienced. We don't realize the important things that happen in our day-to-day lives.
We only get true happiness when we are grateful for the past, striving for the future, and conscious of the present.
We must live in the now.
One of the reasons I love yoga so much is that it trains your mind to be conscious and create awareness.
It creates awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and surroundings.
We’ve All Got Problems
We've got all issues and challenges.
It doesn’t matter what level of success you have achieved in business and in life, you’ve got problems.
You've got problems, and I've got problems.
It's just the scope of our problems are different, and money doesn’t solve life's challenges.
The only thing is that these new problems will be worse and more difficult! Like the rappers Mase, Puff Daddy, and Notorious B.I.G. once said, Mo Money Mo Problems
However, no matter what happens we must live in the now and be grateful for what we have. I'm going to share a very special personal moment that has happened recently.
Ethan Discovers Santa Claus
This holiday season has been the best one in a long time.
Definitely it’s the best since I've become an adult.
It's been the most fun because I've been able to play “Santa” for the first time.
Every few days, my kids will get a new gift under the tree from Santa Claus.
Ethan first learned about Santa a month ago when we took these Santa pics at the South Coast Plaza mall in Orange County. On that day, I taught him that Santa brings gifts to little boys and girls who behave.
The ironic thing was that immediately after we took the Santa pics, I took him to check out the Lego store at the mall. For the first time, I saw Ethan emphatically want a toy. I guess this is something I will get used to, but it’s memorable since this was the first time I’ve seen him like this.
Ethan grabbed this Lego train set, and was mesmerized by it. He kept on saying, “Daddy, I wanted this one,” in English over and over again!
I was shocked!
He caught me by surprise because it was the first time in his life that I saw materialism in my little boy, his insistence on me buying that gift for him.
The second thing that shocked me was that he said it in English! (We speak only Chinese at home, but he learns English in school.) It startled me to hear him only speak English and demand that I buy a Lego train set for him!
Of course I said no, and we had to leave.
He squirmed and laid on the floor.
Then I told him that if he was a good boy, maybe Santa would get it for him during Christmas, but that didn't work.
He quickly forgot about Santa and just wanted his Lego set so badly that he had a temper tantrum, and I had to literally carry him out of the Lego store. 🙁
Of course, being a Daddy, I could not resist getting him that Lego train set, and found excuses to get it for him.
So about two weeks later, I finally found a few days where he behaved super well, and I gift wrapped the train set and placed it under the tree. When I picked up Ethan from school, I told him that Santa knocked on the door and was looking for him while he was gone. Santa said that, “Since he was a good boy, he would get his first Christmas gift, but he couldn't open it until Christmas.”
Ethan went to check it out and when I casually said, “I wonder what Santa got you. What do you think the gift is?”
I was hoping for Ethan to be anxious, stay up all night thinking about the possibilities…
But instead Ethan immediately said, “It's the Lego train set!”
That kind of spoiled my fun! How did a 2½ year old know?!!
It's not supposed to be that easy, right?
It's been another week since then, and Ethan has a few more gifts under the tree. Now every time the doorbell rings, he thinks it's Santa again!
It's cute, and the holidays makes me smile. It brings back memories of when my “Santa” would surprise me with gifts everyday, except that I never guessed what they were so easily!
I’m Just a Big Kid
The only mistake I've made is that I've accidentally gone overboard. Without even realizing it until recently, I've gotten over $300 worth of Legos for Ethan! It's so much that he won't appreciate it. Now I have to figure a way out to hold some of them back or spread them out.
The big culprit is me. I'm just a big kid and playing Legos brings back memories of my childhood. I think I want to play with them as much as he does!
It's not just Ethan. I can't wait until Christmas either!
I can’t wait to open the Legos and start building train layouts with him!
This holiday season has been a blast so far.
Getting to play an active role in my kids’ lives and memories has made this holiday season the best ever.
Start Living in the Now
Motivated entrepreneurs and MLM distributors are super focused on their goals, and it's often easy to forget the everyday joys of life.
Remember, even though you are grateful for the past and striving for the future, never forget to live in the now.
Take a moment to live and enjoy the moment you have right now.
Once this moment passes, you will never get it back again.
Thanks again for sharing your valuable moment of now with me by reading this blog. It means a lot to me.
Enjoy the rest of your holiday season.
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