Art of Living: Importance of Time and Living in the Moment


“Don’t think of the past, what matters is what you do today. The only thing that matters is what you choose to be now,”

I’ve always been worrying about the future and regretting the past. It’s naturally not got me a lot of benefits.

But the times I’ve acted in the present, I’ve always been happier and excited regardless of the outcome.

Time is a person. Not a random concept. A real person.

And she cares how you treat them now.

When I treat her as though she isn’t important (living in the past/future), she naturally gives me times that are not worth remembering or maybe worth forgetting.

But when I treat her like she is what is most important right now, she creates moments that I will take with me forever. And she takes care of my past and future.

All relationships are best lived in the present.

Don’t miss. Don’t miss the play, the music, the lyrics of the song, the way wind blows, the breeze touches your eye-lids, the way sunsets, moon pops up in the breast of the sky, the way water sounds in the flowing river, the way squirrel jumps off from one branch to another to another.

Don’t miss. Don’t miss the way books are telling you stories of your own life; don’t miss the way she nods her head when you speak to her, don’t miss the sound of the train, the flight of the plane, the rainbows, the smile on the shopkeeper’s face once he delivers tea; don’t miss the song which can moisture your eyes with tears.

Don’t miss. Don’t miss the memories, the love, the time you spent together, the clothes, the smell, the rain, the food, your sudden impulse of holding her hand while crossing the road, the cars, the speed, the poise of the weather, the sip of tea in early morning, the beauty, the path, the journey.

Don’t miss. Because everything’s gonna go away. Everything that you hold dear to your heart, everything that you hate, everything that rejoices you, everything that chokes you in pain.

Yes, everything you will miss if you miss this. This moment. Time and time again. Don’t miss. This moment. This life. Because everything will go away, one day.

Treat time like your best friend. Live in the present. She’ll take care of everything else.

But I always come to terms with my present situation.

As Epicurus said – “Never live an unexamined life.”

Examine where you are. Every turn, every hit, every small success, every microfailure matters. And even if you don’t get the support of anyone, you will always get yourself. Lean on your back. Life is good.