So much time is wasted (has been wasted) in my life thinking about how much better things will be when . . . . I've wasted time wondering, like most people probably have, what would life have been like if . . . . But within the past few years I've learned that right now is what matters most. Right now is all we have. We can't change the past and we can only contemplate the future. The present is fleeting, but we have the ability to cherish or squander it, surrender or control it, enjoy or endure it.
In the moment is the only time we have the opportunity to choose how our life will be. We can choose to be happy, sad, mad, jealous, joyful or whatever each moment of each day. And how much more enjoyable would life be if when we're in a bad mood we could just let it go and choose to be happy. Life is way too short to waste our time on this earth being mad.
Like I said, I'm practicing living in the moment -- I'm not very good at it, but I'm getting better. And today I came across this:
The future was also the place where the bad stuff waited in ambush . . . . Now I know I can control my tongue, my temper, and my appetites, but that's it. I have no effect on weather, traffic, or luck. I can't make good things happen. I can't influence the future, and I can't fix the past. What a relief.
Excerpted from A Three Dog Life: A Memoir, by Abigail Thomas
Copyright © 2006 by Abigail Thomas
To be published by Harcourt, Inc. Due out September 5
When I read this I thought, "Yeah, that's what I've been thinking." Living in the moment, enjoying and savoring every second of every day is what makes life worth living. I want to get the most out of every bit of it!