But how do I?
The answer I came up with is MINDFULNESS.
Mindfulness, from what I can tell, is about being extra consciously aware of whatever you’re doing in the moment, with “in the moment” the key phrase there. So if I’m meeting you for the first time, I’m right in that meeting, listening intently and being mindful about what impression I’m making.
In theory, then, there’s a lot less room for “Ack! I should have … could have … or would have …” because I already will have have. “Have have?” Yes, have have, meaning I already was in that moment, doing good and right things, rather than later wishing I had.
That’s the theory.
I have begun to work on this conscious mindfulness — particularly in health care settings and with my family — but mindfulness is not easy when your brain is busy and thinking of what seems like a gazillion things.
Thankfully, I’ll get a mulligan on mindfulness, a chance to get it better … tomorrow.
Goshen News columnist Stephanie Price is a wife, mother, teacher, childbirth educator, midwife’s assistant and nursing student from Elkhart. Contact her at email@example.com, 269-641-7249 or on Facebook at the page “Whole Family Column by Steph Price.”