Forever is composed of nows.
Emily Dickinson is right. Life is one now after another and they go flying by with many of us just watching them go past. The tough part is that we can’t slow them down or save them. Every one we don’t use is a missed opportunity. If we spend our time agonizing over yesterday or planning and maybe even worrying about tomorrow we won’t have much time to enjoy today.
When you get to be my age I hope you won’t look back and regret not doing all the things you might have done. Too many of us think in terms of years, you know, “next year I am going to” or “I will someday.” Well my friends each day is made up of a finite number of moments and today is yesterday’s someday, don’t waste it, make your someday be today.
I recently read an article written by Kelly Niven called Ways to Live in the Moment here is an edited copy of what she had to say.
For a long time I believed that living in the moment meant doing what I wanted, when I wanted to. It has taken me many years to realize that I was wrong.
What I have come to realize is this: Living in the moment does not mean doing what you want, when you want. Doing what you want, when you want may give the illusion of freedom. But the fact is, the constant need to escape life’s normal daily circumstances is just another kind of captivity.
It has been a long journey, but I have finally learned that genuine freedom is this:
Acceptance of What Is
Acceptance of what is does not mean that you have to submit to it indefinitely. You can change your circumstances over time; however, it requires that you first accept where you are right now. When you accept where you are now, you are not fighting against what is.
Fighting and resistance create more of what you don’t want — a losing battle against the constraints of reality. Acceptance means that you move into the flow of life.
Discipline and Focus
This may sound contradictory. How can freedom require discipline and focus? Because, if it’s allowed to, the mind will take you away from the present moment. If it’s not forced to focus, the mind will return to memories of the past, when circumstances may not have gone well. The mind will race ahead to the future, worried that things will not go well there, either. It operates on fear as a way of self-preservation.
The only way to truly overcome fear is to come into the present moment and focus on the activity in hand. In all likelihood, there is nothing to fear in the immediate moment.
So, although it may sound contradictory, it is not. Present moment awareness takes you beyond the fear of the mind. This is necessary for freedom.
Most people are highly uncomfortable being alone with themselves. They need other people and things to entertain them constantly. If presented with situations and circumstances that require them to be alone, they usually put up great resistance. Stripping away the noise and distraction leaves these people with the responsibility of being who and what they are.
Dedication to Your “Truth”
I put that in quotation marks because what we generally think of as the truth is usually just our perception of people, events and situations. Identifying your truth requires that you know yourself well, and that you are not easily influenced by the views and opinions of those around you.
If you are avoiding your truth, you are also missing the reality of the present moment because you are allowing others to define it for you. When you realize that this is not living your own life fully, you will be ready to embrace the truth of each moment.
Acceptance of what is, discipline and focus, knowing yourself and dedication to the truth create the space for you to love. When you accept yourself and love life just as it is, the love flows over into everything that you do.
To live in the moment is beautiful. It is genuine freedom. And every single one of us deserves to experience it.
One problem with gazing too frequently into the past is that we may turn around to find the future has run out on us.
From kids test papers, essays, etc. The spellings are the original ones.
*H2O is hot water, and CO2 is cold water.
*When you smell an oderless gas, it is probably carbon monoxide.
*Water is composed of two gins, Oxygin and Hydrogin. Oxygin is pure gin. Hydrogin is water and gin.
*A super saturated solution is one that holds more than it can hold.
*Momentum: What you give a person when they are going away.
*Vacuum: A large, empty space where the pope lives.
*The pistol of the flower is its only protection against insects.
*For head colds: use an agonizer to spray the nose until it drops in your throat.
*Germinate: To become a naturalized German.
*The tides are a fight between the Earth and moon. All water tends towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon, and nature abhors a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight.
What this country needs today is fewer experts on what this country needs.
Jill and Nadine hadn’t seen each other in awhile, so they decided to meet for lunch. The talk naturally got around to their respective love lives. Jill confided that there really wasn’t anyone special in her life.
Nadine, on the other hand, was beaming about the new man she had found. “He’s perfect. He’s handsome, and last night when we went out to dinner, he said the four little words I’ve been waiting to hear a man say to me!”
“He said ‘will you marry me’?” Jill asked.
Nadine replied, “No, he said ‘put your money away’
Birthdays are good. The more you have, the longer you live.
A guy about to tee off was approached by a man who held out a card that read, “I am a deaf mute. May I please play through?”
The first man gave the card back, angrily shaking his head, and saying, “No, you CANNOT play through.” He assumed the guy read lips so he mouthed, “I can’t believe you would try to use your handicap to your own advantage like that! Shame on you!”
The deaf man walked away and the first man whacked the ball onto the green and then walked off to finish the hole.
Just as he was about to put the ball into the hole he was hit in the head with a golf ball that knocked him out cold. When he came to a few minutes later, he looked around and saw the deaf mute sternly looking at him, one hand on his hip, the other hand holding up four fingers.
“The world is round, and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.”
A terrific explosion occurs in a gunpowder factory, and once all the mess has been cleared up, and inquiry begins. One of the few survivors is pulled up to make a statement. “Okay Simpson,” says the investigator, “you were near the scene – what happened ?”
“Well, it’s like this. Old Charley Higgins was in the mixing room, and I saw him take a cigarette out of his pocket and light up.”
“He was smoking in the mixing room ?” the investigator said in stunned horror, “How long had he been with the company?”
“About 20 years, sir”
“20 years in the company, then he goes and strikes a match in the mixing room, I’d have thought it would have been the last thing he’d have done.”
“It was, sir.”
We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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