The weather in Boston has been gorgeous this past week.
So Chester, my fur baby, and I have been taking some seriously high quality walks.
While we mostly walk on sidewalks, there are a few grassy parks on our usual route.
On our walks this week, I found myself staring at the ground on more than one occasion…on enough occasions to realize that I was staring at the ground quite a bit.
When I thought about it, I realized that I was peering through the grass looking for four leaf clovers.
Looking at the ground, searching for clovers and thinking about how I’ve only found two in my life.
Every time I saw grass, I was looking for a clover.
Kind of obsessively looking for a clover.
Whenever I discover myself in an obsessive thought pattern (which is more often than you might think), I snap myself out of it by asking “what the heck?”
Why was I obsessively looking for a clover?
Because I wanted luck.
Luck in my life.
Luck in my work.
Luck in everything…
Obsessively searching for luck.
But why? After some thought, I realized that I’ve been out of my gratitude practice.
I haven’t been paying as much attention lately to all of the wonderful things in my life. I was searching for luck because I’ve been out of touch with all of the things for which I’m grateful.
In other words, I wasn’t present. I was lost in the future.
Longing for luck to come to me in the future instead of focusing on all of the luck I have right now.
It means I have to get back to the present. Getting in touch with my gratitude practice again.
To me, this means taking some quiet time throughout the day to cultivate joyous feelings toward all of the great things in my life.
Staying present is one of the hardest things to remember to do.
Lots of people find themselves worrying about the future and missing what’s happening to them in the Now.