I realise now that NOW is the only time that exists, although that truth about time took me a while to comprehend.
Our life, you see, is about a series of moments in time, but we often live these moments hoping to improve a future moment—to have a better job, to make more money, to be important, to be happy- instead of just enjoying them.
I had that plan.
But the fact is that this moment—right NOW—is where we create what we call our “future”.
All our hopes for the future, and even our memories of the past, can happen only in the present moment. The NOW is that one point where everything comes together.
Irrespective of what happens in life, it is always NOW.
Now, why do I make that bold claim?
Because when you think of the past, it is stored in the mind as a former NOW, and when you think about the past, when do you do it?
You do it NOW.
When the future comes, it comes in the NOW, and when you think about the future, when do you do it?
You do it NOW.
Try it: Do something yesterday or tomorrow right NOW.
It’s quite impossible, isn’t?
And if you say that you will do something tomorrow, and tomorrow comes, when are you doing it?
You are still doing it NOW.
In consequence, nothing will happen in the future—because it will happen in the NOW.
Many of us live life under the assumption that the best is yet to come, that happiness and fulfillment would be attained in the future.
Ask yourself: Are you perpetually trying to get somewhere other than where you are, so that you can finally be happy?
We often think that our problems are caused by our situations in life, but attachment to the past and future and denial of the NOW is the problem from my perspective.
Ultimately, there is only one problem in life—not living in the NOW.
It is only our thoughts, attitudes, and emotions—in the moment—that have power. So, it’s not what happened in the past to us that prevents us from living a successful and happy life in the present.
Besides, who wants to be one of those who lived their life so carefully that they died like new?
Are you waiting to start living soon?
Waiting is a state of mind, because it basically means that you want the future, not the present. There is an inner conflict between you being here and now, where you don’t want to be, and your projected future, where you want to be. Ever thought about it that way?
The mistake is using future goals as a substitute for living in the NOW.
Life—they say—is a journey; nevertheless, the only thing that is real about your journey are the steps that you take in the present moment, right NOW. Because you are in the driver’s seat NOW and can go wherever you want.
My motto is: We always have a choice.
On a personal level, I try to let go of the past and I cut down on dreaming about the future, and, instead, create whatever I desire, right NOW, in this moment.
Additionally, I remind myself perpetually that I need to learn to make the most of what is presently in front (of me) and all around me, because the present is all that I have, since there is nothing else.
If not NOW, then when?
So, what are you doing NOW?
“This IS it—all there is to life is the day-to-day, the ordinary, the details of the mosaic.” — Tal Ben-Shahar
“Do not dwell in the past. Do not dream of the future. Concentrate the mind on the present moment.”— Buddha, spiritual leader
“The future comes one minute at a time.”
“The shortcut to anything you want in life is to BE and FEEL happy NOW.” — Wallace Wattles
“I’m not losing my memory, I’m living in the NOW.” – Me, to my wife, when I again forgot to bring something essential from the supermarket.