Live in the Now

Do you ever look back at some of the years of your life and some chunks seem to be a blur? You can’t seem to remember what you were doing with your life during those missing pieces. No, your memory…

Do you ever look back at some of the years of your life and some chunks seem to be a blur? You can’t seem to remember what you were doing with your life during those missing pieces. No, your memory was not wiped by the Men in Black. If you start to live in the now and be more present, you will enjoy each moment presented to you and not feel the need to fast forward through anything. 

How many times have you said “This week is hectic but things should be better after this” and then have a more hectic week after that one?

— Mashudu Modau (@Mashstartup) March 21, 2019

You do it weekly subconsciously without realising it when it’s a Monday and you say to yourself, “If I can just get to Friday.” Or monthly when you say to yourself, “If I could just get to pay day.” It feels like you’re just trying to get by until a certain time. “When the lockdown is over.” In the meantime you are missing the joys and memories of being in the present. You’re like our mothers who have all those pretty plates stored up for special occasions, when we can make our own family traditions and special occasions to just celebrate each other as a family.

Click is a good movie

— የእሱ ማር ? (@tata_tainment) December 30, 2019

I hope I haven’t already driven past my greatest moments. #Rudy

— Mantate Mlotshwa (@MantateQueeneth) March 3, 2021

I’m not an Adam Sadler fan but his movie ‘Click‘ is the perfect representation of what I am talking about. In the movie, a man gets a remote which can fast forward time and starts to basically fast forward all the mundane tasks. In the end, he has fast forwarded past his whole life and starts to regret all of the things he missed out on and there’s no rewind button. And that’s how most of us are living our lives.

Beware of destination addiction: The idea that happiness is in the next place, the next job or even the next partner. Until you give up the idea that happiness is somewhere else, it will never be where you are.

— ThabaniMnyamaJr??‍⚖️? (@thabanimnyama) March 17, 2019

Another lesson in the movie is about how we can slip into living life on autopilot. 

We can also put off our happiness based on milestones which have not happened. For example, when you say, “When I live in my own house, I will start buying furniture.” Or, “When I get a new job, that’s when I will start saving up.” If you’re a creative, you’ll say, “When I get a new phone or a better camera, I will start creating content.” The trouble with this is, you are wasting the present. You’re spilling the now down the drain. What should be happening now in the meantime while you wait for your big break? What if the thing you’re hoping for doesn’t happen? If you don’t get that new phone, you’ll never create content? Tying your goals and dreams to a milestone is a gamble, you don’t know if or when that milestone will materialise and there are chances that it won’t. And the milestone then tanks with your dream because you made them the same thing when they weren’t.

Does it echo in here..? pic.twitter.com/WI97NPZaLE

— Melina ~on hiatus~ (@Defoni) March 17, 2019

I’m one of those people who feels immense pressure and frustration because there is a huge gap between where I want to be and where I currently am. The temptation is high to resent where I’m at now and to completely disregard it but the truth is, the now is what will determine if I get where I want to be. I can’t make those moves if I am wallowing in self pity and not being present to do what needs to be done. Instead of being upset that I don’t have a car or the 5 cars I’m dreaming about, I have to be grounded in the present to ask myself, “What am I doing right now to position myself for those 5 cars in my future?” I don’t even have a driver’s license yet.

So many people don’t live for today. They are completely consumed with the future, and yet it is how we live today that creates our future.

— The Secret (@thesecret) April 25, 2019

Instead of being jealous of your future self, which may or may not materialise because of the way you’re acting. What you can do to strike a balance between the future and now is to create a vision board. A vision board will help you to make the demarcation between the now and the future so that you don’t have internal turmoil. They will both have their places in your life in a more peaceful way. Another thing you can do is to keep a Manifestation Journal which is a journal of your future aspirations and dreams. When you are done pouring your heart out about the future, you will then do a Gratitude exercise to be thankful for what you currently have. This will keep you calm, present and joyful. The future and the present both have their place, if that doesn’t happen, you will be sad and frustrated.

in case someone needed this pic.twitter.com/9Xk0ppUi4Q

— kiaya (@kiayaburns) April 20, 2019

What have you done today to secure your future aspirations?

Attach equal value to each minute, each hour, each day, each month & eventually each year.
Don’t wait for a new year.
Do whatever you need to do now.

— ??MUFARO?? (@Mufaro_Masuka) December 28, 2019

The secret to success is Speed of Implementation…. pic.twitter.com/t5OhFUvxdj

— Mark Khoder (@MarkKhoder) July 3, 2017

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