“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’m dying…..and suddenly realize I forgot to live.”
No…I’m not dying. But that paragraph you just read is pretty much how most of us live our lives. Always waiting for that next phase until suddenly we realize we’ve reached the final phase and don’t remember relishing the time spent getting there.
We spend our lives racing around the next corner and forget the journey. It’s time to start living in the “NOW”.
Tomorrow is not here yet so let’s not rush it getting here and enjoy what today is offering. Yesterday is gone so let’s not dwell on what happened yesterday. We tend to live with anxiety and worry about our past or future when really the only thing that matters is the breath we are taking right now.
My Mom gave me a great little book titled “10 Simple Things to Remember – an Inspiring Guide to Understanding Life”.
The author wrote a lovely page on this very topic of living for today. I will share this with you now as it says it in a nutshell.
“Yesterday is gone…tomorrow only exists in the future. These, of course, are facts, but they are easy to forget as we spend so much precious energy thinking about things we did or didn’t do…or worrying about what might happen tomorrow. Age old wisdom tells us that serenity is a state of being in which happiness is achieved by being fully and only aware of the moment. This is not a state of doing, but rather of experiencing one’s existence with gratitude. We might wonder how to achieve this mysterious state in our ever-busier world. The trick is to be fully conscious of our thoughts, to remember the simple things, to take time to stop and say ‘thank you’ for little treasures like a gentle breeze…dropping rain….birds chirping…leaves rustling in the wind…the smell of honeysuckle…freshly cut grass…a baby’s laughter…a smile…a hug. Life is so much better when we enjoy the perfect moment of now.”
Life has become way too complicated. We need to stop rushing to accumulate stuff. We need to stop idolizing celebrities. We need to stop comparing ourselves to others. We need to stop blaming others for our shortfalls. We just need to step back and look at the big picture.
Love, family, friends, health, peace, good nutrition, fresh air, clean water, a warm bed, shelter….these are things we need for survival. The rest of our rat race world of accumulation and excess is just not what living NOW is all about.