Tara Nanayakkara

The Moment is NOW

My husband and my daughter’s boyfriend have a mood-enhancing gift – and I want it. It’s a little something that causes them to get up in the morning with a sense of joie de vivre. Quite unlike yours truly who grudgingly peels off the bedcovers as if they were a thermal layer of protection against a polar dip in the frigid Atlantic waters in January. January! Its neon significance is as loud as one of those tacky technicolour palms flashing in the window of a dubious tarot card reader who says pay first and ask questions later.

The truth is that I am not looking forward to January. Who is? I can sit here and give you a hundred reasons why I don’t like that month but I’m sure you have your own hundred reasons. There are the universal ones of course like the never-ending undulating surge of the Covid-19 variant of the season and the woes of climate change as it wreaks havoc on one part of the country or the other… but you know all that because it’s in the news 24/7 and unless you live in a remote village that time forgot, you are fully aware of it.

Right now at this very moment, I have a lot to look forward to, in the next few minutes I will get ready to go out with one of my closest friends for lunch and shopping and aside from the fun and festivities of Christmas, the biggest moment for me is meeting my son at the airport after his three months away at university. The only thing that’s tempering my excitement is the knowledge that the yawning jaws of January will be ready to swallow the days of socializing and celebration and will see my son back to his winter term.

This is where the gift my husband and daughter’s boyfriend were supposedly born with, comes into play. Do you want to know what that delicious mood-enhancing gift of theirs is? It is the gift of living in the moment. They take life as it comes. They don’t dither around wondering about the what-ifs and when-that happens. They are intelligent men who set goals and plan for the future with an “it is what it is” mind set. For them and many like-minded people, the moment is now. They take each day as it comes. They don’t worry about the bad things that might be around the bend. The moment is now my friends and even though it doesn’t come naturally to me, I’m going to try to acquire that gift for myself because at the end of the day, living in the moment is the foundation of the future.