Have you ever been talking to someone and you can tell that they are not present or are distracted? They aren’t really listening to you. They are physically there but not mentally there. I’m sure you have experienced this many times and maybe you have even been one of these people. I sure have. Because there are so many distractions in our world it is a fight to be completely present in the moment.
A personal mantra of mine recently has been, always present, never perfect. I am never trying to be perfect because I know I can’t attain that. However, I want to be present everywhere I go. A friend of mine has a quote on the wall of his apartment saying “wherever you go, go with your full heart.” When I think about this quote, I ask myself “is there really any other way to live?” We get one life, why would we not go everywhere with our full heart and fight to be completely present in the moment.
I have recognized that God, in so many ways, has positioned me to be a leader. One quality of a great leader is they are always present and they go with their full heart. Have you ever had to followed someone who had all the knowledge in the world, but no heart and no passion? Its frustrating and overtime no one wants to follow this type of person. If there is one thing I want to be known for it’s that I gave everything I had everywhere I went. I didn’t back down. That I cared so much for the people and the cause of something that I gave it everything I could.
Why can’t we just be committed? Why do we have to be so wishy-washy? Why do we have to have one foot in and one foot out? Its because we care way to much about perception. What we are committed to more than anything in this society is how people perceive us. This is a short term viewpoint on life and never works in the long run. No one wants to follow someone who is just surface level and doesn’t have something about them. People want to follow others with heart and courage. This is why I love, Winston Churchill, he certainly was never perfect, but was always present and had A TON of courage.
I encourage you to look at your life and ask yourself “am I completely present and giving whats in front of me everything I’ve got?” If the answer is no, ask yourself “why?” Is it that you care way too much about what others think? Is it that you are afraid to stick out? Are people not a priority to you? There really isn’t any other way to live other than “wherever you go, go with your full heart.” Any other way of living is a life soon to be full of regrets. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that ALL good things come to an end. At the end of anything we always think back about the things we wish we had done. That we wish we had given more. We never look back and wish we had given less. I can handle losing and failing, as long as I gave everything. I can’t take losing and failing if I knew I wasn’t present giving everything I had.
The key here is giving. Many of us want to take, take, take. But a life full of heart, passion, and love is a life of giving. Give it your all. Give everything you’ve got. Give. Give. Give. In the end people in life don’t necessarily want to be around and associated with the most talented or gifted, they want to be around people who are examples of giving everything they had, they weren’t perfect, but completely present in the moment.