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Mar 07

5 Practical Reasons Why You Should Live in the Moment

live in the moment

Stop regretting about the past or worrying about the future. Live in the present.

“Forever is composed of nows.”
― Emily Dickinson

Live in the moment

Do you know what it’s like to lose a job due to redundancy?

How do you react or respond to this kind of situation?

I just had my last day at work this past Tuesday and I am now officially unemployed (not that I’m proud of it but heck, the truth shall set you free right?).  While this is not my first time being on the receiving end of a redundancy, I think I am more relaxed and calm this time around.

I am starting to believe that job security is indeed a myth and that bluntly speaking, there is no such thing as job security especially with what is happening now with all the outsourcing going on in the corporate world.  Right now, nothing is definite when it comes to working corporate.  You can be a permanent employee now and become a vendor tomorrow or worse, be on the unemployment line in such short notice.

I am really touched when someone reaches out to ask me if I’m alright or to wish me good luck.  I’ve had a lot of that in the past couple of days from friends and former colleagues and I really appreciate all of them especially those who went as far as ask for a copy of my updated CV so they can send it to their company HR.  I couldn’t be more thankful but how am I really?  How am I taking all these with a family depending on me?

I’d be lying if I told you that I’m not worried.  OF COURSE I AM but I am doing my best to take my mind of it.  I’ve decided to just live in the moment.  One day at a time and you know what? It has certainly worked wonders for me.

Sometimes we all worry too much about the things that hasn’t even happened yet (most of the time they don’t happen at all) that we tend to panic.  We want to have everything planned and have everything all figured out but we can’t really predict what’s going to happen can we?

While some of us fear the future, there are also some of us who can’t get out of the past.  We still punish ourselves for the mistakes we made and we don’t realize how much it holds us back.

Below are some of the benefits you will enjoy if you live in the moment and why you should consider doing it:

 

1. You’ll be more fulfilled and satisfied

Most of the time, the things that bother us could either be the fear of what tomorrow may bring or the regrets we have for yesterday.  Living in the moment gives you the opportunity to just savor the moment and let go of these bad emotions.  It’s really up to you.  Would you rather be fearful of the future?  Bitter of the past? Or just happy with the present?

 

2. You’ll be stress-free

Living in the moment helps you worry less and just take things as they come.  You’d get to enjoy each moment without thinking of what lies ahead because let’s face it, there are just things we cannot plan for no matter how organized we are.  Do what you can to improve your life but don’t stress yourself out with thoughts that shatter your confidence.

 

3. You’ll be more focused

Living in the moment gives you the opportunity to reassess things and figure out your escape plan or resolution and when you get into that kind of mindset, nothing can ever go wrong.  Being in the present clears your mind of the clutter left by the past and the potential garbage that the future may bring.  You will be more intentional and you’ll know what you want and how you will get it.

 

4. You’ll be able to enjoy life even better

Problems and trials will always be there and happiness is always a choice.  By living in the moment and taking it a day at a time, you’ll be able to enjoy each day playing with your kids, watching your favorite movie or spending time with your friends without worrying too much.  Worrying and regret are big happiness killers so just relax and enjoy the blessings each day bring.

 

5. You’ll be more confident

Less worries equals more hope and more hope makes you more confident that everything will be fine eventually. Worrying affects your confidence in a big way but if you can find a way to put it aside and focus on the present, you’ll find your confidence going up without even trying so live in the moment as much as you can.

 

The Takeaway

People who live in the moment find more joy and fulfillment in everything they do.  For them, life is an adventure, an everyday discovery, a surprise waiting to happen and while it is still preferable to always have a plan, sometimes there are things in life that you cannot be ready for so why stress yourself out?

Sometimes we don’t have to take life so seriously by worrying too much or regretting what we’ve done.  It is the present that we are all in.  The past is over, the future is yet to happen so let’s be in the present and make each moment count.

 

Over to You

Are you trapped in the past or worried about the future?  Why do you choose to stay there and not live for the moment?

I would love to hear from you so feel free to leave a comment below.

 

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Noel Rosos

About Noel Rosos

Noel is a husband, father, author, performance coach and self-proclaimed FAILUROLOGIST who helps business owners and struggling individuals convert their failures into opportunities through inspiring blog posts, life-changing books and exceptional one-on-one coaching sessions

1 comment

  1. Amar kumar

    Hey Noel,

    Glad to read your wonderful experience. From my opinion – live in the moment means being conscious, aware and in the present with all of your senses. If we have set a goal to exercise each day, we would carry on with it while enjoying the actual process or moment of exercising.

    When we are positive and optimistic in the present, we open the possibility of a positive and promising future. Eventually, thanks for sharing your worthy thought with us.

    With best wishes,

    Amar kumar

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