Learning to live in the moment
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
We are always rushing to get to what comes next. A child can’t wait for their teenage years, a teenager can’t wait for adulthood, adults can’t wait to retire. Then, retirement makes us suddenly realize how much we missed out on; we recount all of the things we would do if we could go back. Rather than wishing your life away and only looking towards what comes next, learn to focus on what is happening now. Here are some tips on how to live in the moment.
No one ever said, “I wish I had spent more time not doing anything.”
When asked to look back upon their life and comment on what they might change, many people tend to say they wish they had done more. Saying yes and doing things, even when you’re feeling too lazy, is so much better than sitting in front of a computer all day. Don’t pass up opportunities that you may one day look back on and think, “I wish I had done that.”
Doors open, doors close.
Doors close on us all the time, and we are constantly looking to find another open one to go through. You don’t always have to rush forward to see where you’re headed. Sometimes a door may close just to make you stop for a moment and take a look around the room you’re standing in. So pause for a moment and look around. You may realize where you are now is pretty great.
Take in every moment.
Put down your phone. Close your computer. There’s so much going on around you that you can do, learn, be. Why absorb yourself in a digital world when the real world is right in front of you? Really try to listen when someone speaks to you. Absorb every word of that book you’re reading. Literally stop and smell the roses. After all, there is so much in the world right now that you don’t want to miss.
Create sacred moments for yourself.
In many cultures, there is time set aside to put away all technology in favor of communing with friends, family, and enjoying the world around them. There are varying degrees of dedication to cutting out electronics for these sacred times, with some choosing to just put down their phones and computers, and others taking it as far as not using their vehicle. Use these quiet, tech-free moments to take a walk, have a face-to-face conversation, or learn something new, the old-fashioned way.
The world moves so quickly that you can blink and have missed something. But when you really think about it, there is no reason for us to know every single thing that happens everywhere in the world at every second. Instead of living someone else’s life vicariously through a screen, actually get out there and live your life. You won’t believe how amazing it will feel.
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