Being in the moment — Lessons from kids

This a follow up from my previous post “Life compass”. I wrote why we should have a course-correction and a feedback mechanism to help achieve our goals. What fascinated me was how humans physiology allows us to perceive the world around us. Yet is also a trait that deters us from achieving our goals.

After I wrote the piece, I was reminded of a chapter from the book “The Practicing Mind” by Thomas. M. Sterner. Course correction sure is one aspect. You always need to ensure where you are going and whether you’re going in the right direction. But if you’re chasing a goal, what also matters is being in the moment. Interesting that the present matters for something you want in the future.

With the ability to process every sensory input, also is an avenue to keep getting distracted. Especially with all the tech that surrounds us in the 21st century. And coupled with that is the how we either dwell way too much in the past or project our worries way into the future. We find it very challenging to be in the moment. We should be correcting our past mistakes and build something that’ll take us to our future.

The book taught me a lesson or two about being in the moment from children around — especially babies. Babies take months and years to develop abilities to perceive their surroundings. But when they do, their curiosity knows no bounds. The way look at their surroundings, grasp onto objects near them or being merry wherever they are. From what I’ve seen this even continues way into their formative years. They don’t care what happened, nor do they care what’s about to happen. They just love where they are.

A picture of kid I captured in Dalai Lama Temple, Dharamshala in 2016

Unfortunately, as we grow, our “intellect”, so to say, develops. We have faced way too many rejections along the way, and we start doubting our own abilities. We question each and everything we’re doing at the moment. Our negativities diminish our resolve to achieve something bigger.

For adults, it can be a two-step productivity hack. One, use our ability to project ourselves into the future. Combine that with childlike curiosity on our tasks to achieve phenomenal results in what we set out to do. All we need is the conviction that our goals are worth fighting for, and that our tasks are aligned so. Surprising how a simple yet powerful productivity hack comes from most unexpected sources. A right perspective is all we need.

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