Live in the moment – the fourth of the five secrets
Don’t cry over the past,
Don’t stress about the future,
it hasn’t arrived yet.
Live the present moment,
make it beautiful.
As we get older we often feel that life goes by so fast. Remember being a kid and couldn’t wait to turn 13, then you were a teenager. It took forever—and then you couldn’t wait until you were 21. Growing up took forever. But now as a 64 year old it’s a different story. The days and weeks fly by. So now is the time to get more out of the time we have. Simply said—live life to the fullest every day. Live in the moment—with gratitude and purpose. Keep this in mind, YOU are the only one who has the power to live in contentment and happiness. Each day is a gift, don’t waste it on pettiness, anger or fear.
We have to keep reminding ourselves not to waste time thinking about the past. It’s over, it’s behind us. And worrying about what could happen in the future is futile—will I get sick, will I die before my spouse, will I be alone, what if this happens? If only we had a crystal ball We have no control—the only thing that happens when thinking like this is to ruin the present day. We truly only have power over the moment we are in. Wake up each day with a smile on your face and think today is a good day, be content, be grateful for everything you have. And sadly, one of the biggest reminders of this as we get older is when we start to lose family and friends.
Living in the moment is much easier for some than for others. Meditation is a great practice to learn to stay in the present but I for one have never been successful learning it. I remember being in a group session at a Lunch ’n Learn last year and the lesson was to close your eyes and count from one as far as you could go without letting your mind wander. If you wandered away from the counting, start over again at one, and do this for five minutes. Most of the people in the session couldn’t get past ten. Try it.
After reading John Izzo’s book “the five secrets you must discover before you die,” one thing I started doing every morning, whether it’s 5:30 on work days or 7:30 on my weekends, I think to myself, I am grateful today, it’s going to be a good day, let’s get on with it.
Stay tuned for the fifth and final secret.