“Happiness, not in another place but this place...not for another hour, but this hour.” ~ Walt Whitman
I spend a lot of time thinking about the future… and by a lot I mean A LOT. Looking forward to things, counting down to things (Only 155 days til Christmas!), etc. I have so many things I want to accomplish and places that I want to go. I get so excited just thinking of these things.
However there is a down side to this. By spending so much time thinking about the future, I sometimes neglect the “present”. Sometimes there is so much beauty in simply embracing the “now”…living it and breathing it and feeling it.
Why is it that we spend so much time in the future or in the past? Why do we neglect the present moment? We are breathing the air of this very moment, but are we really inhaling it? We are living in this very moment, but are we truly alive?
We are not promised next year, next month, next week, or even the next day. We should never take the precious time that we are given for granted by focusing our energy on the time we may never even have.