This Magic Moment

By Steve Goodier

This Magic Moment

Writer H.G. Wells once
noted, “Man must not allow the clock
and the calendar to blind him to the
fact that each moment
of life is a miracle and a mystery.” Do you live as if
each
moment is a miracle and a mystery?

A golf enthusiast listed
three mental techniques to improve
anyone’s golf game. (Even mine, and I
golf about as well as
a slug wages war…) These techniques are not just
about
golf, however. They are mental attitudes that can help you
live as
if each moment were truly a miracle and a mystery.

Here they are:

1. Resist the urge to add up your score as you go along. If
you
anticipate your score, you’ll be distracted from the
task at hand.

In other words, don’t let your preoccupation with whether
you are
succeeding or whether you are achieving your goals
distract you from being
aware of the present moment.

2. Focus. Concentrate on hitting great
shots rather than
worrying about bad ones or what others will think if you

miss. Visualize the ball going to your target.

This is a terrific
technique for daily living. Focus.
Concentrate on doing the next task well rather than worrying
about past failures or about what others will think
about
you if you should “mess up.” And get a picture in your
mind’s eye
of the target you’re trying to hit.

3. Keep your mind on the hole you’re
playing. Don’t think
about how you are going to play the 18th hole.

Thinking about the present will help the future take care of
itself.
This moment is full of magic and wonder. Give it
your full attention.

Speaker Steve Sobel says, “I have learned from speaking to
many
cancer survivor groups that (when you have cancer) the
watch on your hand no
longer says, ‘Tick, tick, tick.’ It
now says, ‘Precious, precious,
precious.’” When you come to
know how precious is the present moment, you’ll
understand
the mystery we call life.