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February 24th, 2014 I Received a Phone Call 

From My Sister Anne… 

…Telling me that our father had passed away unexpectedly. 

Many of you remember this day in my life.

I think of my Dad often. 
I think of the many many experiences that I was able to share 
with him. 
  • All that he taught me, 
  • All the many times we laughed 
  • All the times we cried 
  • All the time we spent bonding together.
What I haven’t been very vocal about were the days leading up to 
his death.

He Passed Away On A Saturday Night. 
The Tuesday prior, my gut was telling me to call my Dad and 
visit with him. 
I invited him to stop by my office. 
He did. 
We laughed and shared with each other that day connecting 
through conversation.
Little Did I Know That Would Be the Last Time 
I Would See Him.

I thank God every day that I acted on that feeling to call and meet 
up with my Dad that day.

Most of us today do our best not to talk about death
But there’s always a part of our minds that know this can’t go 
on forever. 
Part of us always knows that we’re just a doctor’s visit away or a 
phone call away from being starkly reminded with the fact of our 
own mortality or of those closest to us.

Now I’m sure many of you have experienced this in some form. 
You must know how uncanny it is to suddenly be thrown out of the 
normal course of your life and just be given the full time job 
of not dying.

Or caring for someone who is.
But the one thing people tend to realize at moments like this is that 
they wasted a lot of time when life was “normal”.
  • It’s not just what they did with their time 
  • It’s not just that they spent too much time working
  • It’s not just that they Compulsively checking email
  • It’s that they cared about the wrong things
They regret what they cared about. 

Their Attention Was Bound Up in Petty Concerns 
Year After Year When Life Was Normal.
And this is a paradox of course because we all know this epiphany 
is coming.

I mean, don’t you know this is coming? 

Don’t you know there’s going to come a day when you’ll be sick or 
someone close to you will die and you’ll look back at the kinds of 
things that captured your attention and you’ll think, 
What, What Was I Doing?”

You know this, and yet if you’re like most people, you’ll spend most of 
your time in life tacitly presuming you’ll live forever.
It’s like watching a bad movie for the fourth time or bickering with 
your spouse.
I mean this… 
…these things only makes sense in light of eternity.

There better be a heaven if we’re going to waste our time like that.

There are ways to really live in the present moment.

What’s the alternative?

It’s always now!

The reality of your life is now.

This may sound trite but it’s the truth.

Our conscious awareness of the present moment is in some relevant 
sense already a memory but as a matter of conscious experience.

The Reality Of Your Life Is Always Now!
I think this is a liberating truth about the nature of the human mind. 
In fact, I think there’s probably nothing more important to understand 
about your mind than that if you want to be happy.

The past is a memory.
Its a thought arising in the present.
The future is merely anticipated.
Its another thought arising now.

What We Truly Have Is This Moment.
We spend most of our lives,
  • forgetting this truth 
  • refuting it, 
  • fleeing it, 
  • or simply overlooking it.

The horror is that we succeed.
We’ve managed to never really connect with the present moment 

or find fulfillment.

Continually hoping to become happy in the future 
yet the future never arrives.

Even when we think we’re in the present moment, 
we’re in very subtle ways, 
always looking over its shoulder anticipating what’s coming next.
We’re always solving a problem,
and it’s possible to simply drop your problem if only for a moment 
and enjoy whatever is true of your life in the present.
This is not a matter of new information or more information.
It Requires A Change In Attitude. 

It requires a change in the attentiveness you pay to your 
experience in the present moment.

Understanding that you are your #1 Asset.

That your business/career is your #1 Investment.

And that the #1 Strategy is Cash Flow Banking.

So here is the bottom line question for you today.
What Areas Of Your Life Are Taking Away From 
You Being In The Present Moment? 

Write them down. 
Look at them. 
Share them with those you care the most about.

Write down the areas that you want to spend more time in. 
The areas of our life that you truly want to give the most 
attention to.

Breathe this in every day. 
Those areas of your life that mean the very most to you.

Knowing that as you do so you will create more happiness 
for yourself and those around you as you experience more 
of what is in that moment.
Test It For Yourself.

If your current plan we built or the changes in your financial 
life in the recent past are derailing you in any way from 
living more in the present moment.
Here is what I want you to do next.
Schedule your Free “Client Plan Check Up by CLICK HERE
completing the short questionnaire and Lacey will schedule
your time together.
Here is the favor I am going to ask you.
If there is anyone you know that is facing financial stress that
is taking them away from this present moment and affecting
their lives in a negative way
I would invite you to share this email with them.
Either way.
Thank you so much for who you are and what you stand for
and may you be more present today with those that matter.

Michael Isom
Founder, Optic Financial
Creator, 20-20 Personal Banking System
Author, Cash Flow Banking (Coming Fall 2015)
P.S.  REMINDER: Do you want your FREE Plan Check Up?
Like I said above to Schedule your Free “Client Plan Check Up 
by CLICK HERE completing the short questionnaire and Lacey 
will schedule your time together.
If there is anyone you know that is facing financial stress that
is taking them away from this present moment and affecting
their lives in a negative way
I would invite you to share this email with them.