Rob Bell is a New York Times best-selling author, spiritual teacher, and the author of How to Be Here. His book discusses what it means to be present and give the best to your life.
Rob explains that he often meets people who want to be more courageous, fit, or have a better life. Thought it can be overwhelming, you have to break it down into what you can do today. Start with what’s in front of you. You don’t have to get all the way down the road. You only need to take one step today. As you keep taking steps, you’ll eventually end up further than you ever thought possible. It’s a mental battle to keep it simple and clean, but in the end, you’ll learn that you’re capable of so much.
One memorable quote from the book read, “We rob ourselves of immeasurable joy when we compare ourselves with what we don’t know about someone else.” The truth is, you have no idea what that other person has been through. You have your own path, and all you can do is take the next step on the path you’re on. You have a limited supply of energy. When you spend part of your time and energy comparing yourself to someone else, this is energy that could have been better spent on your own path. You must become a steward of your own energy.
The book’s main focus is explaining that being present matters. You don’t need the regret of past or worry about the future to cloud the current moment. It is interesting enough to be right here and nowhere else. There is a wonder and mystery to your own life. Though it’s easy to be a spectator to your own life, don’t disconnect from the joy of being alive.