You have heard this many times before I am sure!
Live for now, live in the present, live in the moment! But you have also heard, work hard now to reap in the future, begin with the end in mind, look forward to tomorrow!
What should you believe? It is very easy to hang on to any of those opposing arguments and run with them. After all, the whole reason we work today is to reap tomorrow and living in the moment connotes to your passion and love for what you do.
However, it all comes down to balance. It is practicing a bit of future optimism while making the best of the present moment. As mentioned in a previous article, we only have now really. There is no tomorrow if you view the concept of time for what it is, man made.
As we start a new year, we are resolution driven and we create goals for which the results will not be realized until months or years down the road. But, we often forget to acknowledge the things we can do today to improve our lives and those of the people around us. Simple things that do not require money or months of hard work before anything is reaped. Such as showing unconditional love, giving back to our communities, helping the less fortunate, exploring nature and the world, meditating, building great connections in our personal and professional lives, eating healthy, exercising, thinking positively. All this can be done in the now!
We focus too much on the hereafter and too often neglect the now, which is the only guaranteed time we have to make an impact.
“Forever is composed of nows”
Learn to enjoy the sunshine on your face, the smiles you receive as you walk on the street, the hugs from family and friends, the gifts and wise words from your elders, the warm food on your plate and the simple fact that you were able to roll out of bed this morning.
We are so caught up in future success that we neglect our loved ones and the things that matter. We slave away in our businesses and careers, and forget our real purpose in this world. To share and give of ourselves, not only through our earthly ambitions but also on a spiritual level that connects us beyond this earth.
Living in the moment seems difficult but it is also very easy. We are programmed by society to always think of the future when we are “rich,” when we are “happier,” when we are “wiser,” when we are the “best versions” of ourselves. However, living in the moment is as simple as acknowledging the beauties and simple joys of the now. Nothing more, nothing less.
You can look to the future all you want, but remember that the future is composed of small nows that help create a lifetime. You decide whether those nows are memorable or forgettable.
Do you live in the now?
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