Why You Should Focus On Your ‘Right Now’

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Recently, I noticed that a lot of people spend more time worrying about the future —  how they will fund their tertiary education after graduating from high school, the kind of romantic relationship they will get into, and some supplies that they will need — than they enjoy the present.

It’s wonderful to think so much about the future. Thinking in some cases, helps you gain clarity about plans. However, in most cases, it makes you miss the beauty of where you are at and zaps most of, if not all your mental strength, so much that you cannot even remain positive or excited about your future. 

Thich Nhat Hana was spot on when he said this; 

Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. 

Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Focusing solely or mostly on the future robs you of experiencing the beauty of the present. Spending your time obsessing over the details of a life you are yet to experience is highly detrimental to maximizing the possibilities in your present.

You are in a process. A process is important in every journey. 

The beauty of the story of the potter and the clay only exists because the potter walked the clay through the process of moulding and remoulding, up until the stage where it becomes a vase. You can vouch that the vase is beautiful, because you saw it when it was just a lump of clay. 

It’s the same with life. The beauty of the end result can be truly appreciated because we saw the beginning and the process it followed. 

To get the most out of life, you must be present in your present. 

I’m not disregarding the importance of the future, I’m only emphasizing the importance of the present. 

Pay close attention to every moment in your now, for they will frame your appreciation and the outcome of your desired future positively. 

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