Right Here, Right Now / by Dana Bergstrom

Shortly after leaving my last job, I framed a giant Holstee Manifesto poster to hang in our basement bath.

Instant inspiration after showers and hot tub soaks!

Although inspiration can occur before hot tub soaks.

Exhibit A: Paulycakes


Here's my favorite section of the manifesto:

Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people, we are united in our differences. Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them.

Passion and inspiration abound!

And if those two things don't feel available to me in the moment, then I can always focus on what I appreciate or even what I find interesting or curious. (Thanks, Liz Gilbert!)

After being diagnosed with severe rheumatoid arthritis 24 years ago, I've learned over and over that spending any mental energy on negativity only creates more physical pain in my body. Significantly more!

I'm now extremely selective about what I focus on and, as a result, I've experienced massive improvement in my health.

I'm also quite selective on Facebook. The posts I usually read are about what makes my friends happy and turns them on.

For the longest time, I wouldn't share my love, passions and curiosities with others because I was worried about being too much. Too wild. Too much of a spaz.

But the cat's out of the bag now. I'm a super excitable human who cannot contain herself anymore.

What lights me up is sharing the love I feel for dancing, my sweetheart, nature, my friends, Home Depot, writing. All of it!

And whenever I do, it jacks my vibe, generating happy, healing chemicals in my bod and I'm filled with energy and JOY JOY JOY!

I may only have five minutes or fifty years left in this particular body/vehicle. Nobody knows. But it truly doesn't matter how much time I have because this second right now is the only one I've got.

This very moment is made for lovin'.

What I focus on is what I get.

I am here to embody the love of being alive.

Right here, right now.