Ramadan Reflection Day 18: Living in the Present
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I think the key to a good quality life is in the present moment. It is in the here and now. It is in the present that I am currently living in. I don't live in my past anymore and I don't know I am going to live in my future.
Too many people are preoccupied with their past; not letting go and moving on. Too many people are obsessed with their future; always rushing and looking at what's next.
But how many are mindful of the present?
The present is our centre. Our past and our future are in the periphery; not because they are not important, but because they are not the focus. The focus is on the here and now.
The past is history, we learn from it. The future is a mystery, we don't know much about it. Both the past and the future play a supporting role in the story of our life, but the present is the leading role.
It's all about the present moment.
God doesn't judge us based on our past or our future. He sees us in this present moment. But are we here, or are we somewhere else?
"You are too concerned about what was and what will be. There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the 'present.'" (Master Oogway, from Kung Fu Panda)
Some might argue, "Well, it's easier said than done." Heck yes, it is. I'm not going to say that it's easy. I'm optimistic, but I'm not delusional.
The life that we live in is a fast-paced life. We are constantly reminded of our past and we are constantly pushed for our future. But I want to ask everyone (myself, first and foremost), to spare some time each day to refocus our lives because the life that we live in tends to push us off course.
Spend some time each day to stop and breathe. Spend some time each day to be alone and to centre ourselves. Spend some time each day to notice the little things. Spend some time each day to revisit why we do the things that we do. Spend some time each day to differentiate between the things that matter and the things that don't. Spend some time each day to have a bird's eye view about where we came from, where we are, and where we are going.
Spend some time each day to live in the moment.