Everyone these days is waiting for something. Everyone is expecting something new, something different to happen.
We have gotten into the habit of asking ‘What’s next?’ , What’s the next big thing you want? What’s the next big thing you are waiting for?
It’s something like – when we’re children, we want to grow up. When we grow up, we want to become child again.
I mean we want some things to change, but when they do, we want to go back again.
This happens a lottt (hating your present and wishing it were different).
When you are single you wish you were engaged with someone, when you are, you again wish to be single.
When you are not earning you wish for the time you would, when the time comes, you wish to get out of it.
When you are in school you are excited about your college life. When you start going to college, you miss school.
When you are at home, you wish to step out and live on your own, when the time comes, you long for the warmth of your home.
Soo, instead of expecting something different – Why don’t we cherish our present moment?
If you do not enjoy a moment, you lose it forever. If you enjoy it, it is yours forever.
Don’t you think we should stop waiting for the next big thing and start enjoying our life moment to moment?
And when you start living the present moment, believe me you will find so many things that are beautiful right now. So much to appreciate. So much to notice. So much to feel.
As I write this – I’m at my home. There won’t be any lectures in college today. So am I waiting for the time when I’ll go to college and meet my friends? No. (i mean of course i want to meet them but i have decided to enjoy the present moment) When I’m at home I want to spend some time with my parents. I want to feel the moments when they are with me, we all are living together, I get to see them everyday. I want to notice the way they smile, I want to remember their voice when they say my name.
I want to enjoy time with my little sister. I want to make her laugh, I want to paint with her, play with her, sing and dance with her, watch her grow.
Because I know – This time won’t come back.
I choose to live it fully. I choose to feel the moments with my loved ones. I choose to stay in present.
Above all, we cannot afford not to live in the present. He is blessed over all mortals who loses no moment of the passing life in remembering the past.
– Henry David Thoreau
Look around you, everything that you see can change in a year.
Are there some people you want to spend more time with?
Are there some things you want to do for them?
Are there some plans you need to execute?
Are there any trips you want to plan?
Is there someone whom you want to remind of how loved he/she is?
Is there anything you need to do for yourself?
You better do it Right Now, because you haven’t seen tomorrow.
Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts.
– Pema Chodron
Even when you step into sunshine in winter. Close your eyes and feel it’s warmth. Feel that’s it’s 2019. This day will never come back. Open your eyes and notice the surroundings, do you find beauty? Smile at your friends and enjoy your time with them.
Many people are alive, but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.
– Thich Nath Hanh
There’s this beautiful poem I’d like to share –
Live In The Moment
Listen, feel, love completely;
Absorb, enjoy oh so sweetly.
Nothing exists but right now.
Show the world you know how.
Immersed, focused, involved;
Sad moments will be resolved
Just as joyous times go fast,
Sad’s shadow will lose its cast.
It’s but a moment all will live,
So leave an imprint that will give
Your signature on the past
So your moments now will last.
– Gregory Huyette