Kindled Meme

– exploring the purpose of connection

In the moment


“ True wisdom lies in gathering the precious things out of each day as it goes by. ” E.S. Bouton

I read more and more about not worrying about tomorrow (I have two engagements Im worrying about right now…) and also to spend less time regretting the past (Ive been encouraged to reflect upon context and events… but when does that become rumination?).

The key seems to be living in the now – having awareness and appreciation for what we are creating  moment by moment. 

Distracted by a tweet promising insights for Content Marketing trends in 2014 (sheesh…) I find myself sidestepping into the Forbes website and being hit by the above quote.

Gathering precious things is often why I tweet, post to facebook and also post to this blog. Gathering precious things is also what I did last week with the kids in Iceland – and sure enough we were 4kg over our baggage allowance as we were obliged to pack for home our favourite bits of lava rock and basalt so that the kids can tell their holiday story to their friends at school.

Not all precious things get posted to social media or put in an overweight backpack. We also collect moments as feeling while helping out old friends – sharing some insights, helping onboard new colleagues and having the pleasure to meet people for the first time; buying a flight that will take us on a Zurich weekend adventure, and working with a colleague via skype to co-create a plan to help out the team and try to make everyone as awesome as they can be.

If I hadn’t written it down – I might have forgotten that any of this would have happened on November 5th 2013….. if I hadn’t read the words on Forbes I might never have been aware – in the moment – of the cool things I get to do each day.

What precious things have you got happening around you and because of you? And have you taken the moment to just acknowledge them?

What flotsam and jetsam are you wise enough to gather up today?





Author: jameslramsay

Practice director at the ShelfLife project - digital by day, campfire by night

2 thoughts on “In the moment

  1. Great point, James. Just like you I like to find things and share them online. It’s just great. Also, for me, sharing photos of food I eat on social media like Instagram is part of enjoying the moment. But last year, while I was doing my A Poem Each Day project, I really noticed how easy it is to enjoy the moment. Because I set the goal to write a poem each day, I forced myself to find inspiration. This made me more aware of my surroundings and what I was doing each day. I can highly recommend this as a kickstarter for living in the moment: start keeping a journal in which you describe one thing you enjoyed each day. It can be personal, or public, but you have to make it daily so you help yourself into making it part of your daily routine.

    • Hello Arjan!

      I love the idea of keeping a journal – not only because I see the value of scribbling something down but also because I *really like stationary* – in a digital world we all need to take the time to still use a pencil sharpener – the sound and smell is unique for every pencil and we should all find time to be grounded by the sound of a 2B graphite moving across cartidge paper….

      (if/when you go to Munich check out the Atoma notebooks in the Manufactum store – they are beautiful 😉 )

      I also follow a number of people on Twitter that do the #3greatThings thing too … showing gratitude in the spirit of Seligman and finding happiness – and its both a good structure to reflect on the day and to be open about what is important to us.

      Ive often though that being grateful and aware of good things is the basis for a social network in its own right – of course it would publicize to twitter, FB, G+, Tumblr, and all kinds of places – but being grateful has a purpose of its own and a network would be a commitment mechanism – like writing in a book each day. “A simple app – with a higher purpose”

      Last weekend I gave my kids their own personal notebooks and pencils – for writing their ideas and stories – they are 5 and 7 years old and they love them! Maybe I need to ring fence my own private notebook – an IRL equivalent to my EverNote repository (which is full of the gems I polish before sharing)

      Have a great weekend – and do tweet me your favourite food and I shall do the same by return 🙂


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