by Gideon

September 28, 2015

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

I was thinking about my life this morning, and even though it is a great one, I almost stepped into to the trap of starting to panic.  I was supposed to do a group coaching session with a sales team, but it got cancelled due to the school holidays. so I had some time to pick up my son and take him out for a hot chocolate. As we were waiting for a drinks, I started thinking about all our streams of income (don’t ask me why, it just happened).  And I started thinking how different life would be if one or more of those streams would run dry.  Then I started thinking about our bills and hobbies and things I enjoyed to do, and then the floodgates really opened.  I was on the brink of  freaking out about not being able to do this or that, but I fortunately caught myself and stopped my thoughts from running away.  The truth is, it’s easy to get caught up in planning and worrying about your future. Planning for a secure and happy future and making sure that you have a plan are all important, but too much attention to a time that is yet to come can greatly inhibit your ability to focus on the here and now.  And when you and I struggle, or even fail to focus on the here and now, we lose the ability to do the things we must that will make all the difference in the long run.  So rather than act, we worry, which is destructive for the present and the future.  But, we can prevent that.  In this post I share 5 Reasons to Live in the Now and Take Each Day as it Comes.  This is a much more empowering way to live, and will make all the difference to how we do life today and the results we get tomorrow.

Right now, at this very moment, you can begin to enjoy your everyday life that is currently flashing unnoticed right before your eyes. Let the future come naturally and live joyfully and willingly in the present moment!

Consider these five reasons that you should start living in the here and now:

  1. Each day, you grow older. Each day of your life has the ability to be monumental, but each day only happens once. Every moment of every day, you’re given a chance to make a lasting memory. Create a memory that you’ll be proud to share.
  • Your destiny is up to you. If you’re concerned about the future, you can start paving the road for it today. That road starts by living your life to the fullest degree at this very moment so you feel fulfilled in the years to come.
  1. You replace worry with contentment. With the future comes uncertainty. It’s a fact so accept it.  Like the Ancient Scriptures say – no amount of worry about tomorrow will add one hour to your life.  Worry can however rob you of time, literally.  Stress is one of the major causes of heart attacks these days.  However, by focusing on today rather than your tomorrow, you’ll inherently stop worrying about what’s to come and focus on enjoying your reality.
  1. You get to know yourself. Your wants, needs, and interests are constantly evolving. If you’re wrapped up in planning for tomorrow, you may never truly get to know the person you are today.  And if you never get to know yourself, you can never truly express yourself.
  • By defining yourself in the here and now, you’re able to truly figure out what you want. It’s common to be so deep into nurturing a plan for the future that you’ve created years ago without realising that it’s far different than your ideal life.
  1. You spend more time with your loved ones. If you’re a parent, you know better than anyone that those precious moments disappear in a blink of an eye. One moment, you’re changing your first diaper. The next, you’re watching your children forge ahead on their own.
  • Spending time with your children is obviously important, but devoting time to your spouse is even more so. When you do, you nurture your marital relationship to ensure that your significant other is feeling loved and cared for, which in turn, helps your children to feel that love as well.
  1. You experience all life has to offer. You only have one life to live. It’s important to maximise every moment by experiencing each moment to its fullest. Take advantage of the youth you have on your side now, before it’s too late to do it later.
  • This is the time to be spontaneous. Take your family to a random, weekend vacation. Surprise your spouse with an adventurous trip or go kayaking with your friends. These are memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime, no matter how long that lifetime!

I know one thing – Life is beautiful!

It’s joyous and full of abundance. So many meaningful things happen in your everyday existence and the great thing is, many of those are free.  All we have to do is put ourselves out there.

However, if your mind is trapped in the future, all of these events will slip by before you’re even able to notice that they’re gone.

Live in the now … now!

Please leave your comments and questions below and I will personally reply to them.

About the author 

Gideon

Gideon is the Owner of The Relationship Guy, a top-100 marriage advice blog that helps married couples create happier relationships. He is a trained professional counsellor (DipProfCouns., DipMSHT.), has been happily married for over fifteen years and is a dad of two.​ He also holds Bachelor and Master degrees in the field of Theology and is currently studying Psychology at Massey University (New Zealand).

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