Khalil Gibran eloquently said: “Yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision, but today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”
Today well lived begins by living well in the moment. What you can do tomorrow do it today, what you can do today, do it now!
Every single day is a gift of life given to us. Every moment is precious. The air we breathe, the sunrise and sunset we witness, the children we love.
But the habit of living in the past or future robs us of living today and living in the moment. The mind wants importance and is constantly taking us away from the present moment.
Worrying about what others think also robs us of being in the moment. If you sing as if no one is listening, you will sing at your best being totally in the moment. However the consciousness of others watching you takes you away from your authenticity.
Being in the zone as when Michael Jordan was on the basketball court or Lionel Messi is on the soccer pitch happens when you are doing something fully in the moment that you lose track of time.
Yes we all have goals, however, the only certainty is the goal in the moment. We all want to get to the destination but the real destination is this moment!
John Dryden sums it up well:
“Happy the man, and happy he alone,
He who can call today his own:
He who, secure within, can say,
Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
Be fair or foul or rain or shine
The joys I have possessed, in spite of fate, are mine.
Not Heaven itself upon the past has power,
But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour.”