Forever is composed of nows ― Emily Dickinson
This is one of my favorite quotes. I’ve always believed that you have to focus to the moment you are living right now. Of course, you need some plans for the future and you are can dream of what you want to happen to your life but don’t get lost there. Life happens now.
Obviously, it makes no sense to stress out about the past. It is long gone and you cannot change it. And even if you could, would you truly want to? All the things that happened then shaped you and made you who you are. So, I believe that each and every experience that you have is priceless and this is why you have to concentrate to the present moment.
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn the past, worry about the future, but live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. ― Buddha
Choosing to live in the past/ future robs you not only of the enjoyment of the present day, but also it robs you of truly living. The most important moment is the one you are living now, the present moment.
If you would like to start living in the present but do not know where to begin, you could take this list in consideration:
1. Smile often
Peace begins with a smile ― Mother Teresa
You are in control of your attitude and thoughts, so start your day with a smile. Choose to be optimistic.
2. Dream big about the future but work hard now
Working hard today is the first step in realizing your dreams. Don’t let your dreaming replace your work for a good future.
3. Stop worrying
Avoid worrying about the future, try to savour the present and enjoy any moment of you day.
4. Forgive your past self
If you keep on thinking about a past mistake you will not be able to make a change in the present. Forgive yourself for what you did in the past and start concentrating on the present moment, you will feel better.
5. Be grateful
There are a lot of things that you could be grateful about. Gratitude help us appreciate and remember all the good things that come into our life. For example, you can practice being thankful for your feelings, for loved ones (family, friends), for what you have, for a gift you received, for who you are.
6. Do one thing at a time
When walking, walk. When eating, eat. ― Zen Proverb
7. Learn to let go
Learn to let go of bad things and people who weight you down. Some people are toxic in your life. Learn to identify them and put some space between you and them.
It might seem difficult at first to learn to think positive but stay optimistic and take one step of a time. You’ll get there faster than you think.