The concept of living in the present moment seems to be quite popular these days. So, what’s so special about the present moment anyway, and why bother to “live” there? Isn’t it easier to focus on what we really want, and think about that instead?
Sure, that’s simple. Just close your eyes and think about your ideal job, relationship, or anything else that you desire. Done. I think the real difficulty for many of us lies in what transpires after we open our eyes and go about the business of day-to-day living. Too many of us postpone our joy for some future date when we finally reach our goals. We say to ourselves: “then I’ll be happy.” I think that’s a waste of time. The time to be anything at all is right now, in this moment.
As we know, the present moment is all we have. We don’t have yesterday because it is gone. We don’t have tomorrow, because it hasn’t arrived yet. If we flee the present moment, and decide to live in the past or the future, we miss out on the beauty and the mystery of what is happening right in front of our eyes. There is a lot we surrender because we are so busy thinking about what might have been, or what should be. Then there’s the stress that we put ourselves through when we worry about all the things that we can’t control.
Don’t save your joy for tomorrow, next year, or the time far into the future when you assume you will be happy because all your dreams have finally come true. A big surprise for many people is that once they achieve their goals, sometimes they end up feeling that there is something that still seems to be missing from their lives. So, they begin searching all over again, and put the same cycle into motion. Instead of taking that path, open your heart and your mind to everything that exists in the present moment. Feel gratitude for the present moment and savor it, like a delicious dessert or a passionate kiss.
Regardless of the length of our lives, in the end all of us will have a collection of both good and bad memories. Undoubtedly, the things we will cherish the most will be the people, places, and things that brought us joy. Don’t postpone that joy. Accumulate more good memories right now by focusing on the present moment. Your future self will thank you!