Be Present and Engaged

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Take the opportunity today to be present and engaged.

What I mean by that is refrain from running on auto pilot. We all get into the flow of the day, doing this task and that. Having a coffee, then getting back to the grindstone. Walking the dog, having a bite for lunch, then back again to work. And we do it semi automatically, each day pretty much like the last.

Today, be more aware of your actions. Be more involved, consciously, in what you’re doing. Savour each moment, enjoy it, live it, be grateful for it.

Of course there’s a hundred and one things to do – you have to do them, just do them with awareness. Notice if time slows down or speeds up for you when you’re more aware. It tends to slow down for me, which means I end up getting more done. Don’t ask me how! Also I notice that because I’m paying more attention, what I do do gets done better. Walking the dogs for example, when it’s a chore, my mind is roaming here and there and the dogs blend into the background. When I put all of my attention on them however, the whole experience is transformed. It’s more fun, more rewarding.

Give it a go.


About the Author: Stuart Young writes his thoughts on his blog How To Change Your Life One Day At A Time. He  launched his book on this topic in May 2012 and has since helped people change their lives. Click here  to get your copy now!


  1. How nice to see Stuart Young on your blog. He is a great author and fantastic person!

  2. Sharla says:

    The secret is awareness! Yes! Awareness of the world around you is the soul of inspiration. It’s like catnip : stimulating to the senses or relaxing like a sedative. Opportunities present themselves throughout the day and night or through an eventful time in life allowing emotions to escalate or simmer, much like the effects of catnip on the cat!

    Stop! Look around: observe, listen, embrace, breathe and savor the simple things of life – those that surround you everyday, those that heighten your senses or calm your mood, those that say “We are the little things that make a difference.”

  3. Thanks Stu,
    The prescious present is not to be underestimated
    be good to yourself

  4. Ria Rombaoa says:

    This is one of the reasons why most of us do get tired and sad about our daily lives. We fail to see the simply lil details that comes with our daily routine. These simple details can become a source of bliss. A couple of seconds spent oberving and being aware wouldn’t hurt us right? :) Great post Stuart!

  5. buena says:

    Sir Stu- you definitely wrote it, and left the difference, so well again!

  6. Thank you for this. It’s very timely too for me – I’m about to start a completely different job from anything I’ve ever done before. PLUS I need to be conscious of other people. Be in the now and try to put yourself in other people’s position – that’s something i’m focussing on just now. K :-)

    • Stuartart says:

      Good luck to you Kirsten, it’s a courageous step to make that kind of step. Being present with yourself and others will be very valuable at this time. Be aware of your feelings, acknowledge them as being valid, understand where they come from, then move through them. :)

  7. TKSoni says:

    Well said Stuart, we have get out the box.

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