Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Here and Now

Looking to the future is imperative to move forward, but often we can lose track of where we currently are in life by doing so. Dreaming, and chasing your dreams, is important, but you cannot attain your dreams by skipping steps. Opportunities come and go - they will not always be there. Hard work is the key to getting what you want.

Money cannot buy happiness. All money can buy is possessions.

Personally, I could be poor; yet, I would feel rich as long as family and friends who really care for me surround me. Moments and memories with people you love can never be replaced, or recreated. I think, however, it takes losing out on some of these things to snap back to reality.

Life is a precious gift and how we decide to spend our time does matter.

Far too often, we are too focused on what we have to do next, but each minute that passes is a lost opportunity. There are many factors in life that make it seem like delayed gratification is the way to go. This is why it's important to know there are different types of delayed gratification - both positive and negative. 
  • Positive delayed gratification would be working hard and having it go unnoticed and keeping in mind that what you are doing now will be noticed in the long run.
  • Negative delayed gratification makes you feel like it's a good thing to give up the now for the sake of being able to have all the time and money you want later.

You may argue you can “buy yourself freedom”, but in doing so you lose out on all the moments in the present - moments you will never get back. If you were to delete a portion of your operating system off your computer, you would never get everything out of your computer that it has to offer. If you delete a portion of your life, you will never enjoy all life has to offer. At the time it won’t feel like a big deal because you are so focused on the fact you can just “do it all later.” But you can’t and it will always feel as if there is something missing. It is a void that will never be filled. Focusing on the now will get you more out of life and further then anything else. You cannot get to where you want to be by overlooking parts of life - it all matters.

Questions of the Day:
1) Are you giving up the now thinking you can make it up later?
2) Are you doing what you want in the here and now?
3) Are there moments in life you are thankful you didn’t miss?  

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  1. I love this. I think it's important to keep some future goals or end-points in mind, but not at the cost of sacrificing the present moment too much. As much as I want to say that I admire people who are so dedicated to some future goal that they completely put their life on hold, I'm a little sad for them as well... Life is too unpredictable. We never know what's going to happen, so putting all our eggs in some future basket might not be the best way to go about living... Practicing gratitude and living in the present moment is so, so important.

    1. I could not agree more!! They are times that you can never get back or recreate no matter how much you try to do so.

      Thank you for this awesome link up on Thursdays! This is my first one but I cannot wait to join more! :)

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