If you must live, live purposefully.
Don’t waste your days dwelling in the unknown tomorrow.
If you do, someone else, your days, might borrow.
Live in the now.
Live in the how.
If you must breathe, breathe happily.
Life is not meant to be lived grumpily.
I am speaking to myself too, you see
I have been living in my tomorrows
And dwelling on my yesterdays
So I was seldom in the moment
Letting today’s joy pass me by
Letting yesterday’s pain cripple me
I have lived in the now too
But what if I always did?
What if you and I were to pause
Not project or postpone but right this second repose
Find rest, find refreshment in simple words transferred
From my mind to yours
In a heartbeat, you, feel what I feel
Drawing from anything these words instill
In this instant you and I can live together
For once this instant is gone
It is gone forever.
And in the coming minutes, breathe on, live on.
For if you must breathe, breathe gladly
If you must live, live delightedly.
Not waiting for the accomplishment of your dreams
Not waiting for the end of the storm
But right here, right now
Stop and smile
Breathe in, breathe out
Live in the how of now.
While wondering what to post today, I reflected on my own recent activities and “busyness” and how we often get so caught up in doing activities that we often forget to just be fully present wherever we are and take in the moments as they are. More than this, we forget to enjoy life and pick something positive from every moment. It is true that not every moment will be pleasant and yes there are moments where enjoyment is extremely hard. It is natural to feel both the ups and downs but it is not natural to dwell forever in those moments. To dwell on something is a choice. To choose a perspective about something is also a choice and depending on our chosen perspective, we can turn negative things into positive. I’m sure you’ve seen two people who are in the exact same position and the only difference is in the perspective and choice made to either overcome or be subdued by the situation. We can, by choice, make the most of every situation.
Most importantly, when you have happy moments, enjoy them with everything in you. Laugh, roll on the floor.
Be truly present with your loved ones. Enjoy them.
And finally, to live in the how of now wherever you are and whatever you are doing, give it your all and your best in that moment. That is how you empty yourself of your purpose, dreams and destiny – by being your best, always. So whether you are relaxing with family, at your job, in your business, at a wedding or at a funeral, be present. Always ask, what positive light can I add to this moment? Be love, be wisdom, be encouragement, be strength. Be JOY – a quality of contentment that remains unchanged in and out of season.
Live in the how of now.
Have a joyous and life-filled week.
P.S. Feature photo by Daniel Msirikale.