In life, it’s natural to dream about what could be. The endless possibilities and the potential for a better future. We make plans and set goals, imagining how our lives could be different if we achieve them. However, we need to remember the now. What if versus What is.
When we focus too much on ‘what if’, we can become overly fixated on the future and forget to appreciate what we already have. It’s easy to get lost in daydreams about a perfect life that we see on Instagram, but it’s important to remember that life is happening right now. In this moment.
We should always strive for growth and improvement, but we must also take the time to be present and grateful for what we already have. It’s easy to take things for granted and not realise their value until they’re gone. This is why it’s important to practice gratitude and mindfulness, to acknowledge the good in our lives. We must appreciate it while it’s still here. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s all too easy to get caught up in our busy lives and forget to slow down and appreciate the present.
Savour the moment
Living in the moment is a powerful practice that can help us find joy and contentment in our lives. ‘What is’ is happening right now, in the present moment. It’s the only moment that truly exists. Everything else is either a memory of the past or a projection of the future. Yet, it’s all too easy to get caught up in our worries about the future or our regrets about the past and forget to appreciate the present moment. But when we in the now, we can connect with the world around us and experience the fullness of life.
Of course, having goals and dreams is essential for personal development. But it’s important to keep in mind that these goals are just that, they’re not guarantees of happiness or fulfilment. Even the best-laid plans can fall apart. It’s important to have goals, but it’s equally important to be flexible and adaptable to life’s twists and turns.
The truth is, what if versus what is are both important aspects of life. It’s okay to dream and imagine a better future, but it’s equally important to appreciate and be grateful for what you have in front of you today. When we find a balance between these two perspectives, we can live a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
Don’t stop believing
So, take the time to dream big and make plans, but don’t forget to appreciate the present moment and all the good things that are happening in your life right now.
One of the most compelling reasons to live in the moment is the realisation that tomorrow may not come. Life is unpredictable, and we never know when this game we call life will come to an end. When we keep this in mind, it can be a wake-up call to start living our lives to the fullest, right here and right now, and not worry about ‘what if’.
Of course, living in the moment doesn’t mean that we should ignore the future entirely. It’s important to plan and work towards our goals. But we can do this while still being fully present in the moment, enjoying the journey as we work towards our destination.
Living in the moment is about finding balance. It’s about recognising that life is a gift and that every moment is precious. By embracing this mindset, we can find joy and peace in the present moment, no matter what the future may hold.
Written by Editor, Rhian Cable
Mum, Wife, Marketing Specialist, Book Worm, Sunrise Junkie and Blogger – Living life every minute.