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Why you should live in the present!

“If you are at peace, you are living in the present. If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future.” ~ Lao Tzu

Why you should live in the present!

You’ve heard if before: Forget the past! You can’t change it. The past is not equal to the future.

Yet it is sometimes so difficult for many of us to let go of the past. You build your future by living in the present. NOW is when you create your future.

What does it mean to live in the present?  To live fully in the present moment, your awareness is completely focused on the here and now. Be grateful for what you have. If you are living in the present, you are living in acceptance. Accept what is. Let go of the past.

“Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.” ~ James Thurber

Wherever you are, be there to the fullest. Be aware of your surroundings and make the best out of it. By truly living in the present, you feel happier and are more energized and focused. Being present is undoubtedly the only way to live life to the fullest. The secret for health for both mind and body is yo live in the present moment to the fullest. Not to mourn about the past or to worry about the future.

“If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.” ~ Roy Bennett

Life unfolds in the present. The past was, and the future will be, but the present is all that ever is. NOW is the moment of power, where all decisions are made, all emotions are felt, all life is lived. Give the present the attention it deserves.

The past and future are illusions, they don’t exist. How often are you worrying about things that are yet to happen, or probably will never happen.  How often do you beat up yourself for past mistakes no matter how much time has passed. Answer, too much. If you are living in present you are living in acceptance.

If you want to change your life, the only place you can do it is in the present. Dream about the future, but work hard today. Dream big. Set goals and plans for the future. But working hard today is always is always the first step towards realizing your dreams tomorrow. Don’t allow dreaming about tomorrow to replace living in today.

The past and the future tend to steal our attention away from the present. We become mentally absent, on autopilot, forgetting to experience what’s happening right here and now. By living in the present you’ll feel fewer negative emotions and more positive emotions.

How can you be more present? Through awareness, acceptance and involvement – surrender to whatever the moment brings.

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Never give up!

This is a about why you should never give up. The finishing line might be right ahead of you.

Running Track Finish Line Stock Photo

We had recently moved to London (we’d been there for less than a year) when the school my son Chris attended arranged for their annual track and field day. Each student had to sign up to participate in their event of choice. On the way to school that morning I asked Chris what event he was going to participate in. He said was going to run the 1,200 meter race (3/4 of a mile). I didn’t think much of it then, other than it sounded an awful long race for an eight year old boy.

We arrived a bit early, although Chris’ race was not until later that morning. It was a beautiful sunny day and we spent the morning watching the other events.

Then the time came when Chris had to get ready for his event. He was warming up for a little bit and slowly the racers lined up to get ready for their run. I then noticed that the other students were a bit taller and older than Chris.

The race started and by my surprise Chris sprinted immediately to the front. It was like he was thinking “I’m gonna win this race”. However, it didn’t take long until he started to drop back in the field. He kept pace with the other students for about a lap (the race was three laps) and then slowly started to fall off the pace with the others.

During the second lap he fell further behind but kept on going. I could see now he was really struggling and was in some pain. I was standing by the track and cheering him on. Then I suddenly noticed his teacher was running on the sideline next to him trying to stop Chris from continuing the race. I saw Chris was shaking his head several times to his teacher and kept on going despite showing signs of pain and dropping further behind in the race.

Now the other parents was noticing what was going on, seeing the teacher chasing Chris on the sideline. They all stood up starting clapping their hands and cheering for Chris. Somehow Chris noticed this because it worked like an injection of energy to him. On the final 100 meters he started to accelerate in an attempt to sprint towards the finishing line. He wanted to give it all in front of the cheering parents. Even the teacher was now cheering him on to get to the finishing line.

You could see in Chris’ face that he was determine to finish even though the other runners had already finished the race. I was waiting for him at the finishing line and when he crossed the line his body fell into my arms like he was suddenly life less.

He was gasping for air. He couldn’t stand up for himself and couldn’t say a word for several minutes. It was then the teacher came over to me and said he tried to stop Chris from continuing the race when he discovered the “mistake”. You see, Chris was not suppose to participate in this race. It was for twelve years up only. It was too long of a race for an eight year old boy.

Chris finally started to get his breath back and was able to have some water. As he started to slowly move around again, and everybody saw that he was ok, they started cheering again. Parents, students and teachers alike. And would you believe, he then started to take a victory lap in front of everybody cheering. Because in his mind, he won the race. He won the race against himself. He crossed the finishing line. HE NEVER GAVE UP! He was determined to finish. That was a life lesson never to be forgotten. Never give up. The finishing line is just ahead of you.

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