“Life is a journey, not a destination.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Some people spend their entire lives trying to live in another time and place. One of life’s sharpest paradoxes is that our brightest future hinges on our ability to pay attention to what we are doing right now, today.
They spend their day-to-day existence looking forward to an upcoming event. Even in the week, on Wedensday we start to ‘count down’ to Friday.
It is true that a future time thinking can be beneficial for helping us set goals and measure our progress toward them. However, every week that we begin by counting down from Monday to Friday is a week that we fail to live to its fullest. If we regard 5/7 of the weeks of the year as irrelevant or boring, that will be 5/7 of our life that we will have wasted.
The best way to enjoy the time that we are in now is to focus our attention on what is actually happening during the moment. Research shows that the more we feel that we are controlling the circumstances of our job, the happier and more productive we will be. So look for those little ways that you can feel a sense of accomplishment.
A study at Harvard University found that people spend nearly half their time (46.7%) thinking about something else, other than what they are actually doing. The team conclude that thinking ahead or daydreaming tends to make people more miserable, even when they are thinking about something pleasant.
We need to move our life forward, but do not rush it, missing to see the season that we are in, our children’s special moments, that precious time with loved ones. There is always beauty waiting to be realised, try to notice the goodness happening around you right now.
Use your ambitions for the future as motivators, but try not to let those future thoughts interfere with what you need to do in the here and no.
Life is now. Notice the beauty unfolding around you. What can you find that is priceless about this moment?
“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. ”
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