Have you ever paused by an open space and wondered? Wondered what life is all about? Wondered if there was more than what you perceive?
Probably you have and will again. Life can have us all wrapped up in a frenzy taking care of daily business, family or a myriad of so many other things. When we consider the past we often wish we could have done something different: chose a different path, striven harder to keep a relationship . . . and so on. When we look to the future we often grow anxious: we hope we have the right plan, we hope we will remain in good health or we stress over whether we will be, or continue to be, successful. How many of us “live in the NOW”?
When we focus on a situation that commands our full attention we may be “living in the now”. Yet if while we are engaged in something, eating a meal, in a conversation, at work or in a class we probably too often anticipate what we will be doing next or soon. This behavior can rob us or even our partner(s) of all you can offer – and it can rob you of the best of what you are engaged in.
“Living in the now” requires an awareness of what we are all about or how we negotiate through life moment to moment. We must use self control and acquire the discipline to curtail the self generated distractions and learn when it is appropriate to consider the past and anticipate the future (yes there is a time and a place for everything).
It may help you to read Chapter 3 of the Bibles Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes and perhaps Proverbs also. The wisdom conveyed there within the scripture is a good starting place . . . no . . . an excellent starting place for you to begin to understand many things including much about yourself and what is common to all humans.