Living in the Now

It can be easy to get carried away sometimes. Do you ever find yourself working, and then suddenly wondering to yourself, “What if I had done something different in the past that made me not be in this situation right now?” Maybe it was something like getting better grades in school, getting a higher degree college, making new friends, making more friends, not asking that girl out on a date, accidently asking that girl out on a date, etc. It is common to be absorbed in our past memories when the work we are doing becomes boring and tedious.

No one has perfect lives and usually when we think at the moment that our lives could be a lot better, memories of what could I have done to change my current situation right now come up. It feels good to be able to “change the past” even when it’s imaginary. But when reality hits or you suddenly wake up to your surroundings, you may feel slightly saddened or give a sigh of disappointment.

Maybe you learned to cope with this by changing gears and thinking about the bright future. You use the laws of attraction to imagine what it would feel like to live in your dream house, to have that dream car, to have a dream spouse, to travel to wherever you want in the world and buy whatever you want in the world.

Some of the questions of whether or not you could change the past become questions for the future. How am I going to make this happen? What if I can’t do it? Am I ever going to make it there? When you don’t know if you’re capable of getting to where you want to be, this causes our bodies to feel tense and uneasy as fears start to come up such as worry and anxiety. As a result, you may place you work completely on hold to ponder more about the past or the future.

Here’s some advice. Whenever you feel the need to live in the past or the future while you’re working; stop.

It’s time to live in the now. When you learn to just “be in the moment” and turn every millisecond of your life into something worthwhile, then you won’t allow something trivial such as fear, worry, or anxiety take over you. When take something at that moment and turn it into something positive such as enthusiastic, motivation, or exciting, versus something negative such as boring, pointless, and repetitive, it becomes easier to work, the work will be done quicker, and you’ll get something out of it.

Have you ever read a couple pages of a boring book and as you were flipping through three or four pages and realize that you had absolutely no clue what in the world you just read?

You’re eyes were just passing through the black font and your mouth was moving and muttering some words, but your mind was focusing on a thought of something that happened in the past or the future. When you snap out of it, you look at the clock and realized that ten minutes have passed by and you have no idea what you have just read so you have to go back and reread what you missed, sighing as you do this.

Instead of thinking about finishing the book, think about what the sentence in front of you actually means. Read each word and every sentence as if it was something magnificent. What is the sentence saying? What did you learn from this paragraph? What is the most important thing the author is trying to explain to you within this page? Engage yourself with the book, however small it may be, at the present moment. It will become more exciting, fulfilling, and meaningful.

It’s the same with life contrary to what the laws of attraction teach us. Many people who have a hard time living in the present lean towards thinking about their future and waiting for it to come to them. So they spend all day thinking about waiting, waiting, and waiting forever to attract what they want. But the truth is, if you’re living in the future, you’re not living in the present, and it is the present that ultimately determines the future.

You’ll never finish a book if you are always thinking of finishing it.

You’ll never get what you think of if you’re always thinking of it.

You can always be thinking about the future, but the most important thing that determines what happens tomorrow is what happens today. Our actions turn into results so it would be logical to think that the better your actions are, the better your results will be.

There seems to be a trend for article marketers these days. Some people enjoy the fact that writing ten articles a day is possible and is quick money. Their mind is focused on the future such the challenge to produce three hundred articles within a month.

Whether or not they do so or not, the articles they write have no genuine thought in them. It’s just taking one article and changing a couple of words or reordering the paragraphs around. As a result, the lifespan of that article is brief; read once and forgotten forever.

Not only this, they make the process of writing articles literally miserable for them rather than something enjoyable. To me, I would rather respect trust and author that takes the time to at least try to put their own thought into their writing even if it’s just a paragraph long. This can be anything from personality, to tone of voice, to different ideas and thoughts. This is more valuable to me than something that looks like a program that re-spun the articles a hundred different times.

The point is, if you spend your current moment thinking about tomorrow of the future, and now on the present, you risk the chances of degrading the quality of tomorrow and the future. If you focused of whatever you’re doing now, then you’ll start to see the smallest things turn into miracles.

As Walt Whitman once wrote:

To me, every hour of the light and dark is a miracle,

Every cubic inch of space is a miracle,

Every square yard of the surface of the earth is spread with the same,

Every foot of the interior swarms with the same,

Every spear of grass—the frames, limbs, organs, of men and women,

and all that concerns them,

All these to me are unspeakably miracles.

Live in the present moment. Enjoy the things you eat, even when it’s just a piece of bread. Enjoy the things you drink, even if it’s just an orange. Enjoy the things you talk about, even if it’s just about the weather. And when it comes down to working for the future, enjoy your work in the moment, even if it’s just typing away at your keyboard.