Jill's Thoughts

Living in the Moment in 2017

In one of my January forum meetings, we discussed The Color Code: A New Way to See Yourself, Your Relationships, and Life by Taylor Hartman and were each challenged to take the test for ourselves. Being familiar with this test for many years, I was not surprised when my results indicated 57% red. I was a little surprised, however, to see “live in the moment” as one of my suggested personal development tasks to consider.

This exercise fit perfectly with my personal 2017 mantra: mindfulness. Seeing my personal strengths and weaknesses so black and white has given me the opportunity to be more mindful of myself and make positive improvements to make a better “me” in 2017. Since this exercise, I am choosing to “live in the moment” more.

I wear a lot of hats in life: entrepreneur, wife, mother, traveler, and mentor, to name a few. With so many things going on, my life can typically be described as a delightfully chaotic adventure. When I am constantly anticipating the next big thing or biting at the bit to get things done, I tend to lose patience and live more in the future than in the moment. Mother Teresa sums it up best:

“Without patience, we will learn less in life. We will see less. We will feel less. We will hear less. Ironically, rush and more usually mean less.”

I know I’m not the only one who struggles with this, so I challenge my friends, colleagues, and readers to join me in putting away the technology, having meaningful dinner conversations, and being more spontaneous in our adventures.

I always have been, and always will be a “red” personality, but I am excited to continue to be mindful of my strengths and weaknesses so I can improve upon them and become the best “me” I can be.

This article was written by Jill Grammer-Williams, owner of American Name Services.

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