For many of us, our lives are filled with routine, responsibilities, and obligations. Often, time is wasted worrying about future endeavors: How can I make more money? When will I find the right man/woman? So much so, we forget to acknowledge the present. When that happens, we often overlook what is really important to us. If you don’t leave time for reflection, relationships, and ultimately freedom to enjoy what you really value in life, unhappiness is bound to creep in and perhaps overtake you.

We tend to forget that life is fleeting and every minute we squander is time we will never get back.

I am not saying you can eliminate all of your daily routines and tasks. Even if given a million dollars, you would still have responsibilities and obligations that you don’t want. That’s part of life – nothing is perfect or guaranteed. Nonetheless, you shouldn’t use those responsibilities as an excuse not to pursue what really matters to you. We need to make time for things that really move us. As the song says, “take your passion and make it happen.”

For me, in the past, I wasted so much time worrying about what others thought of me, that much of my happiness was based on the actions of others or the lack thereof. This just goes to show how time can be wasted on worrying about insignificant things in your life, things that really have no affect on the bigger picture. However, when you let go of that way of living you eliminate much of the unnecessary worries and re-center your focus on more important things, essentially improving your life.

Philosopher and poet, Lao Tzu said, “If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.”

23 thoughts on “Be Present

  1. Loved it Avery 🙂 Thank you for sharing..

  2. thiswildheartoflife says:

    Lovely post. Very inspiring blog

  3. JW says:

    Great work, I especially love the last quote.

  4. Jamie Alger says:

    I love your blog and your outlook on life! Thanks for sharing your soulful wisdom. I’ve nominated you for the liebster award (I know you’re not quite a beginner at this- seems you’ve got this blog thing down, but oh well, still love your blog) ❤ http://risewithjamie.com/2015/03/22/ive-been-nominated/

  5. Such a great read! I love reading your blog and just nominated you for the liebster award!

  6. Really nice and so inspiring! thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  7. TheKevin says:

    Great blog here! I love reading work like this, makes my heart all warm and fuzzy… hehe

  8. Cheryl Turtlemoon says:

    A timely reminder! Thanks!

  9. Oh shit yeah, I rabbit on about this all the time in my blog 😉
    TK

  10. disconcerted72 says:

    Reblogged this on Recklessly Discreet and commented:
    I found this so close to home at the moment, because I’m actually working through some issues as they relate to anxiety and depression in my therapy sessions right now.

  11. disconcerted72 says:

    I truly thought this was a great post! And how ironic it is for me, because I’m actually working through some issues as they relate to anxiety and depression in my therapy sessions right now, and this is such a relevant matter to me at the moment!

    Thanks! 🙂 (I’m reblogging too, if that’s okay?)

  12. Dani says:

    Reblogged this on The Unmarked Road and commented:
    Love this quite and this post! “If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” Philosopher and poet, Lao Tzu

  13. Maz Iqbal says:

    Hello Avery,
    It occurs to me that when you/i are in the game of ‘improving’ our lives we are still in the same trap. I invite you to consider that when you/i are in the present the awareness itself leads to changes that result in improvement. So improvement occurs without effort or put differently effortless effort.

    With my love
    maz

  14. bermudablissmagazine says:

    Wonderful reminder!

  15. Thank you.
    Letting go and refocusing 🙂

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