Bit-of-Joy #8

Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy.Sarah Ban Breathnach

I’m reminded of a moment I had with my teenage daughter – as she shared how Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace talks about calculus and the fact that in any given instance nothing moves (a point on a graph) but over time (many points on a graph), we see motion.

If at any given moment all is still, then how do we learn to live in that stillness?

The present moment, in reality, is fleeting. A moment in time is just that, a moment of stillness. Living in a moment of stillness is great if we are meditating – but what about the other hours of the day?

I like to consider ‘the present moment’ as more than a literal moment.

We have 86,400 seconds in a day. Do we have 86,400 moments? Or is a 24-hour day the present moment? Or is a moment an event – like a scene in a movie or book – like the ‘moment’ I had with my daughter?

We are never guaranteed another ‘moment’. Whether that be 5 seconds, 86,400 seconds, or any number of seconds in between.

We have only now.  Whether we are meditating, eating, chatting with a loved one, making love, yelling at the driver in front of us, or crying our eyes out — we have only this moment in time.

Given this — do we want to spend this moment holding grudges, in regret, or fretting over the past or for worry, anxiety, or fret about the future?

To live in the present moment is to GO ALL IN – and if we go all in, regardless of what that moment is, we open ourselves to experience JOY.

To experience true JOY doesn’t mean to always be ecstatic – but to be fully immersed in a moment, embracing and honoring what is.

Have you ever enJOYed a good cry, a good argument, a good scream? Have you ever experienced JOY in a moment that is less than pleasant?  




  1. Love your idea of ‘moment’ Janet because sometimes it is more than just a few seconds. It is the experience. I have enjoyed so many ‘moments’ with my grandson. As I spent each Wednesday with him from birth, I learned to see life through his eyes as he was learning and exploring the world. I will never forget the moment he felt the breeze on his skin or saw bubbles for the first time – the look of wonder was priceless and certainly made me stop and enjoy the moment filled with joy.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond


  2. Full immersion appeals to me so much, Janet. It always has. I hadn’t thought about it this way before, but you’re absolutely right -joy is in the immersion, whether positive or negative. Thanks for the thought-provoking post.


  3. well put Janet – I think the moment is outside of time although part of it – one of those paradoxes – as for unpleasant moments – recently I was kicked out of my granny house on less then 24 hours notice and the whole experience instead of yukky or angry or weird proved to be ‘enjoyable’ and a sign from the ” ” of the next step along the path for me to take. I returned home to my beloved forest and the whole experience was adventure and learning but without some ability to be Present in the moment and apply deep appreciation it could have looked and felt quite awful…


    • So great that you could be present and open to the moment – deep appreciation despite the turmoil and negative emotions that perhaps arose naturally. Your beloved forest sounds wonderful!


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