2021 MKE – Week 19 – In the Moment
Last week I shared how I’ve been reflecting on my Master Key Journey and where I’ve come since beginning this journey in September 2019. In looking back at my post for this week two years ago I talked about the importance of being present in the moment, while last year I again touched on this highlighting the importance of making each day “One Moment in Time”.
Which brings us to week 19 of the Master Key Experience 2021-22. And the importance of being present, of being in the moment can’t be denied.
A New Day
“This day is all I have and these hours are now my eternity …
I lift mine arms with thanks for this priceless gift of a new day.”
These are powerful words in Scroll 5 of The Greatest Salesman in the World highlighting the importance of having gratitude for each new day of life. Yet how is that day being spent? Is it spent living in the past, focused on things good or bad that happened a month ago, a year ago, ten years ago or even 30+ years ago? Is it spent worrying about the future, something that ultimately is out of our control despite the best laid plans? Is it spent focusing on the present, however with misplaced priority of competition (running the rat race), of trying to keep up with others or outdoing one’s neighbor when it comes to material items?
Or is it focused on being in the moment with family and friends, lending a listening ear, or celebrating joys and milestones of life with them? Is it focused as well on gratitude and thankfulness, giving back whenever possible?
Invest in the Moment
This past week in the lead up to Super Bowl XVI the NFL had its annual awards show. After celebrating all the individual successes with awards like Comeback Player of Year, Coach of the Year, MVP, etc perhaps the most distinguished award, the Walter Payton Man of The Year award was presented. The award recognized excellence both on and off the field. Each year a team nominates one player who has had a significant POSITIVE impact as a humanitarian in their community for this award.
This year’s award winner, Andrew Whitworth of the Los Angeles Rams had a powerful acceptance speech that highlighted the importance of giving back in any way possible. I loved how he emphasized that doesn’t always mean with money. More importantly what he talked about is something that each of us can do while being present in the moment every day. How? By implementing Emerson’s essay on “Compensation“, better known in the Master Key Experience as Give More, Get More.