One of the most important and difficult lessons that I’m learning is to live in the present. Too often I worry about what I don’t have, how I don’t look, goals I haven’t reached yet, and on and on and on. And I know that I’m not the only one who does this. Especially with the advancement of technology we are bombarded constantly with ideas and images that can cause us to forget to live in the present. We see people that have accomplished things that we haven’t yet. We daydream about the what if’s and could have’s. We even have Throwback Thursdays that cause us to relive the past (good or bad). With all of that we forget a universal truth; We cannot relive the past or pre-live the future. All we have is now and it’s important to live it.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s merit in learning from our past mistakes and definitely in planning for the future. The important thing is that we shouldn’t dwell on either so much that we forget to actually LIVE.
Tips for Living in the Present
Focus on the Now. Whatever task you are supposed to be doing, do it. And only it. Washing dishes? Wash the dishes. (Yes, happiness can even be found in washing dishes.) Playing with your kids. Actually play with your kids. Working out? Focus on every rep. Try not to let your mind wander to other things. You can’t do those right now anyways so savor the moment. Ferris has it right,
Be Thankful. This is something we normally only think about in November, but we should focus on being thankful every day of the year. Yes, there’s always going to be somebody who has it “better” that you (subjectively maybe), but there’s plenty who have it way worse. Focus on what you have instead of what you don’t, what you can do instead of what you can’t, and even who your friends are instead of those that aren’t. Also, don’t forget to tell people you are thankful. You just might make their day. Lastly,
Smile. Seriously, just smile. It can really change how you feel.
There’s a ton of other things you can do to live in the present and I’m sure you have your own tips and tricks. I love to hear them so leave them in the comments.