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An informal, stream-of-consciousness reflection on business ideas, events and issues in modern business, modern life and with some specifics to the web-software industry by Paul Tomori, Internet Entrepreneur

Be Present To This Moment
It's all you really have anyway

By Paul Tomori
Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 10:09:04 (EST)

A long time ago, Neil Peart, lyricist for Rush wrote:

Where would you rather be?
Anywhere. Anywhere but here.
When will the time be right?
Anytime. Anytime but now.

On a day like today in Niagara one could pine for July sunshine and heat. Our driveways are deep with snow. The road conditions are hazardous. Just to go outside, one must put on layers of warm clothing, heavy boots, scarves, hats, toques. It would not be difficult to complain about it all.

Of course, if it were July right now, we might find ourselves complaining about the heat as we crank up the air conditioning and frown at the browning grass.

When I was younger, I travelled to Vancouver, a trip through the mountains I had always wanted to make to a place I had always wanted to see. When I got there and chatted with the locals, they waxed poetically about their visions of how things were in Ontario. They spoke of one day tripping to Toronto and to see Niagara Falls. I remember being amused by everyone's mutual discontent (including my own) with their own home location.

Yes, it is good to have a bit of a nomadic spirit. It is one of the qualities that drives humans to all reaches of the planet and to outer space too. However, we must not get locked into constant reveries about being anywhere else but here. Sometimes, perhaps more often than not, we should remember to live in the present moment and really just stop thinking about the future and of other places we might rather be.

Below is the view through the side bay window in my kitchen. I hope I never get complacent to how beautiful a Winter's day can be right here in my own backyard. I didn't always have the good fortune to enjoy this kind of panoramic vista from my own home. In my earlier days, instead, I would go almost daily to hike on Merritt Island in Welland or to Shorthills Conservation Area near Pelham. Those daily "pauses" went a long way to preserving my peace of mind. These days, such pauses are fewer and farther between, but I have not forgotten their importance.

Where would YOU rather be? How about right where you are, right now.

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