Be Aware of Your Focus

4.) Be Here, Right Here, Right Now

The Phantoms of the Brainby by Richie Thimmaiah

You can only experience happiness right here, right now. You can’t go back in time and experience it. You can’t propel yourself into the future and experience it. If you are waiting to be happy sometime in the future, you might be waiting a very, very long time.

The more people I meet, the more I’m convinced that there are very few people who are completely present in the moment. You can see it in their faces; distant looks while they’re pretending to listen, having to repeat what you just said, and them only hearing bits and pieces of conversations. I know this because I have watched myself while trying to become more present with people. It has utterly amazed me how often my mind is elsewhere.

Examples of When I’m Not Present

  • Running into things and not remembering how I got the bruise.
  • Having no memory of a conversation that took place.
  • Forgetting someone’s name almost instantly.
  • Consuming a bowl of peanuts and being surprise when they are gone.
  • Walking into a room to get something and not remember what it was I wanted. Not once, but three times! (I give myself some leniency; I’m over 50.)

When you bring your awareness into the moment, all worries of the past and all imagined fears of the future gently fade away until all that's left is the vivid experience of the present. It is in this state that you actually start to see life. You'll see colors you never saw before. It is in this awareness where appreciation grows.

on to happiness power tool #5...


Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.

- Jim Rohn

Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

- Guillaume Apollinaire