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.

Emily Dickinson

“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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Dave Anthony

Posted by:Dave Anthony

I am a Jamaican born Entrepreneur living in the United States. Adventurous, writer, weird, down to earth. Here I write about interesting stuff that educates, thrills and influences.

9 replies on “Learn to Live in the Moment

  1. Really nice article.I wrote an article on overthinking and this article relates with it giving a similar message.Its the present moment that we all have now so make full use of it.

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    1. Thanks for your feedback. I definitely agree with you. The present is often overlooked as we seek happiness in the future. But, happiness in the future will not be gained if we don’t learn to enjoy the moments now. I will check out your post on the topic. One Love!

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  2. It’s such a balance, isn’t it? I’m “seizing the day” by blogging and working on my online business on the side while working full time. The irony is not lost on me that I speak of simplicity – which I try to embody – and peace and solitude but…my life is a bit hectic keeping up with it all. However, I feel like in the short term I’ll be doing this and then eventually I’ll be able to scale back and mindfully simplify. If that makes sense. πŸ™‚
    But I also had another thought on the concept of time. There are cultures in Africa who have no future tense. Because they look at the now for exactly what it is and time has an altogether different meaning to them – it’s more fluid. I tried to google the specific languages – as I only remember reading about this at one time – but I cannot find a specific example. In any case, it tends to be indigenous languages that have less markers for time. and well, I often think how often indigenous cultures seem to be more advanced that modern civilizations…

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    1. Interesting. You just taught me something. I had no idea that there were languages without future tense, will look into it some more. Learning to live in the moment can be difficult, especially when the present is not totally favorable depending on your personal situation. It takes practice, and it is an acceptance for the things we normally take for granted, such as the shining sun and the air we breathe. An admiration of the present.

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