Don’t Forget About The Present

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I feel the concept of being present to be a powerful rule for Life’s grander scheme

I don’t know much about you but, when the end does come for me and I take a moment to look back at my life, I wouldn’t want to see myself rushing to the end. I would want to see myself taking the time to enjoy and experience life. If I did see myself rushing through each day, this would fill me with a great deal of regret, you know? I would feel like I left so much undone.

I mean, when you look back at your life, you would want to be proud of the life you lived, right?

I agree, as well, that it’s much easier to make sense of everything when you look back at the end and see it all happening for a reason. When you’re in the midst of life, not knowing whether you’re close to the end or just starting off, it’s quite difficult to be where you are and pay attention to your life.

There’s always regret or worry following you around

Pulling you away from experiencing life and keeping you in your head — filling you with thoughts that do not serve you and holding you back from living your life. Regret and worry are powerful forces indeed, which stem from the past and future. But remember as well, these are points in time you have no control over, so you shouldn’t use to torture yourself.

Because when you plunge yourself into regret and worry, life still goes on

It does not wait for you to finish — you still age and life continues around you. But, instead of living in reality, you’re living in your head, which makes it quite difficult to see the opportunities roaming around you. And this is the importance of getting out of your head and being present — you begin to see opportunities to experience life for you. And this is where a good life begins, right?

Let me leave you with the wise words of Søren Kierkegaard:

Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards

These may not be an absolute list, but these will help you live a fuller life:

Experience Life Each Day, Each Moment

Every day is an opportunity to experience life. The choices you made yesterday brought you to where you are today, and the choices you make today will set you up for the moments you will face tomorrow. But to get there well, you have to commit yourself to the present moment, so that you can look back someday and be proud.

You can only connect the dots, as Steve Jobs once said, by looking backwards

You can only make sense of life after living through it. And you won’t know when that end moment will come for you, it is different for each person. But you can do your best to do all that you can to experience life today. It may be good, it may be bad, but it is for you to experience — don’t forget this.

Always hold fast to the present. Every situation, indeed every moment, is of infinite value, for it is the representative of a whole eternity.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Guide Your Regrets And Your Worries

Look, I am not trying to tell you to ignore your regrets and worries, this would be a destructive endeavor. I am advising you to use them, whilst being wary of them. If you do not guide them well, they could lead you down the wrong paths. They could fool you pretty well, but if you reason and negotiate with them, they could help you understand where to focus your attention.

They could help you learn where to invest your energy

When you do find that something deserving of your attention, commit yourself to it. Don’t be timid with such things, embrace and immerse yourself in them. Do all that you must to leave nothing undone. And when tomorrow comes, you cannot help but be proud because you will know that you did the best that you could to experience life on this day.

If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.“ — Masaru Emoto

Don’t Waste Your Life, Live It

The future is a great source of worry, and the past may be an even greater source of regret. It is quite difficult to pull yourself away from these points in time, especially when they have been feeding off of your attention for a long time, but it is not impossible. In fact, you will see this for yourself when you find peace with the fact that they live outside your control.

You will also see that the best thing you can do is live today, live now

Look to your past only to find the Wisdom you need to no longer grow your regrets. Look to your future to guide you in the direction of your ambitions. Let these help do all that you can to live today well. Do this each day to keep you aligned with the hope that when you look back at the end, you will see a good life lived.

You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” ― Michael Cunningham

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I feel that you must relate to this, at least to some degree, but when I was a kid, my greatest ambition was to get up each day and have the most fun possible. There were no worries for me because things just didn’t matter as much. But, this gradually changed when I became old enough to take care of myself.

This all changed when life had to be taken seriously

Health, finances, social-respect, legacy, and in the middle of all this Chaos, Peace. I set my standards so high that I had no room for Peace. But I didn’t realize that my Peace lived in my childhood ambition, I needed to get up each day and do the best that I can. You see, a good life is not lived by worrying whether a good life is lived, but by living the best life possible each day along the way.

It stands to reason that anyone who learns to live well will die well. The skills are the same: being present in the moment, and humble, and brave, and keeping a sense of humor.”Victoria Moran

Invest In Your Existence, Kind Reader.

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René Chunilall

René Chunilall

Sharing the lessons I learn on my journey towards self-mastery | I post videos on Instagram too: https://instagram.com/omni_rene