For some odd reason, the word "neutral" has gotten somewhat of a bad rap. Folks tend to see it as being stuck in one place, being dull and emotionless, not caring etc. After this past weekend, and after a friend used the term "keep it in neutral" with the meaning of not thinking, or wanting to think, about the future or past--instead just being and enjoying the here and now, I fell in love with the word neutral.
You see, I tend to have a bad habit of always thinking about what's to come--I thankfully don't think too much of the past since I can't do anything about it, except maybe learn from it. This bad habit sometimes makes me not fully enjoy what's happening all around me at that very moment. Well, I'm learning. Yes, this old dog might actually be able to change her ways.
Over the past few months I've started to realize how important the little moments are. Whether it be enjoying a good beer with friends, going on a long ride solo or with friends, smelling the change of seasons in the air or waking up to the sound of rain falling on the roof. These "moments" can never truly be had again. Once they slip by, I might be able to experience something similar in the future, but nothing quite the same. Now I'm not saying I can, or want to be, present all the time. No way. That would actually be exhausting. But I can, and will, purposely put my mind into neutral once in awhile and just idle a bit while my senses take over.
Thanks go out to all my friends who have shown me the way.