“ First I was dying to finish high school and start college.
And then I was dying to finish college and start working.
And then I was dying to marry and have children.
And then I was dying for my children to grow old enough
for school so I could return to work.
And then I was dying to retire.
And now, I am dying….and suddenly I realize I forgot to live”.
This is the life story of many people. They never live in the present moment. Life, they learn too late, is in the living, in the tissue of every day and hour.
Are you waiting for the next vacation, for exam results, for a better job, for success, to make money, for a truly meaningful relationship. Do you spend your whole life waiting to start living? It means you want the future; you don’t want the present. You don’t want what you have got and you want to be in the future. With every kind of waiting you unconsciously create inner conflict. This greatly reduces the quality of your life by making you lose the present.
Tomorrow will take care of itself. Having short term and long term goals are important but not if it blinds you to the importance of what you are doing now.
Or, are you living in the past? If you always delve into the past, it will become a bottomless pit. There is never an end. Die to the past every moment. You don’t need it . Only use it as a reference when it is absolutely relevant to the present.
Whether you are looking forward or backward, the result is the same. You are throwing away the present moment. But the present moment is the only moment where you can touch life. Life is available only in the present moment. Sooner or later, you will realize that there is no station, no place to arrive at once for all. The rue joy of life is in the trip and life must be lived as we go along. Our lives are very fragile. Whether we choose it or not, they can come to an end at any time without a second warning.
Each moment is a priceless gem and therefore it should be lived in its fullness without escaping to the past or the future. Find pleasure in the fragrance of flowers, the enchanting beauty of a rainbow, the serenity of sunset and little beauties of life. Be absorbed in what you are doing at present. Be present and enjoy. Slow yourself down. Live life now because there may not be a tomorrow, or a next week or a next year. If you wake up in the morning you already have a reason to celebrate.
If you really want to know what it is to live in the present, totally absorbed in what is going on in this particular time, then watch a small child playing. Whatever he does, he is completely lost in the present. This same fascination for being in the present should be possible for all of us. When you are creatively involved in your life, you have no time for illness or tiredness. When you are actively living in the present, time seems to pass too quickly and there is no time for depression or anxiety.
Kalidasa said beautifully-
“For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision.
But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day.”