Living in the moment.
January 11, 2009 7:35am CST
I came across these very meaningful words while reading about positive living. [b]The past is history. The future is a mystery. The only time we really have is now - just this moment. [/b] I'm sure there are a lot of sayings and beautiful words that one can share on this. But can one always go on living in the moment ? How would you interpret and relate this to your experiences ?
12 Jan 09
The past is history. The future is a mystery. The only time we really have is now - just this moment. This is so true! I have been thriving on this adage literally. Having said this, living for the moment, living life for now, to the fullest - doesn't mean that we forget the lessons from the past and re do all those not-so-pleasant mistakes. It also does not mean that we would not not plan out future, specially, when we have people to look upto. Planning for a stress free and smooth future is alaso a part of living the present. Living for the present means that living the present moment fully. To take the hurdles and the happy times in our strides and follow our heart, do what we love doing. I feel myself to be extremely privileged position to be able to do that right now. Hope things become easier for others as well. What about you, are you living it the way you should be?
12 Jan 09
If I may come again, sometimes, it does feel that living life the way we want to and living for all and planning for future are oxymorons. But I feel, if we cab try and love the things that we are supposed to do instead of complaining and frowning it helps a lot. Like A family person must understand that he has to take care of his/her children no matter what and if he/she starts to love that job, he would be a happy person. Sometimes we have to be happy with what we have instead of aspiring for someting we will never achieve.
12 Jan 09
Very well said Mimpi and it's good to know that you are able to do what you like and enjoy and live the moment. Thanks I learnt from the past, do not want to dwell in it anymore. Planning for a stress free future is great, and its what i would like it to be. The future may be amystery, lets unravel it when i get there. I'm trying to get the best of the present and am living the way it should be. Hurdles and difficulites will be there but the lesser we dwell on them, the more we enjoy the moment.
• United Kingdom
11 Jan 09
I really like your quote and have heard something similar. "The past is history, now is called the present so it is a gift and the future is a mystery". I think it is important to remember history so that we can learn from it. I hope that since World War II more respect and understanding towards the Jewish faith has come about for example. The future is a mystery so perhaps it is a time for us to pursue our hopes and dreams. I am off to Cape Town this week so I hope that will go well. The past The present The future
11 Jan 09
Very poignant words Alok and we are all guilty of losing sight of things like this when we get cuaght up with Life! I also know a similar saying: Yesterday's history, tomorrow's a mystery..... TODAY is a gift and that is why it is referred to as the "Present" Personally I do feel that I tend to get too caught up in what has been and gone and reflect on certain events with sadness. But what's done is done and we can learn from things and move forward wiser than before! It is just not easy to let go sometimes and to not wonder how things could have or would have been if certain things had of been done differently. But on the positive side, I am an eternal optimist and I do try to live in the moment, appreciate the simple things in life; and also to reduce some of the mystery of the future with SOME forward thinking and planning as well. And as for your question of whether we can always go on living in the moment or not..... The reality is that we DO always live in the moment. The question really is how consciously aware a person is DURING the moment. Are they in tune with who they are, where they are, where they're going and what they hope to achieve once they get there? The future can become much less of a mystery if we can answer these questions always!
12 Jan 09
I do agree that in reality we are living in the moment, but then we seem to dwell too much on the history and the mystery. That's where we seem to loose the full sight as you have put it on the present and live and enjoy the moment to the fullest. Thanks for the response and have a wonderful day.
11 Jan 09
I would interprete as follows, The past is something we need to remember and learn from, either the experience or the lesson. We are grateful for the love, care and support given to us for the accomplishment, big or small. The future is what encourages us to keep going, as the motive to be better prepared for a successful career and a long healthy life. The current moment is what we should grasp without sparing any efforts, in the sense that we are paving the way to our goal, and meanwhile, enjoying the process of the colorful life.
• Delhi, India
12 Jan 09
It means that we must live in the present, without bothering about our future or past. Our past is gone, it is not going to come back, we should take some lessons from our past and learn from our experiences and should count our blessing in the journey of our life. There is no use repenting on the past mistakes or the decisions which we failed to take in the past. The future has not yet arrived, we will think about it, when it arrives. We must live the present moment, because it is going to become 'past' very soon, so soon that we do not even realise. As you would say that this is my latest discussion, but my screen tells me that 22 hours have passed, when you started it. I always try to live in the present and do not much worry about past or future. Very Good post!