Now is the most important place to be as you can’t change the past, and you can’t predict the future.
When you think about it, this quote caries with it not just two correct factual statements, it also carries with it a message about how to live your life, which we will discuss further.
As it is now time travel is impossible but by embracing the ‘now’ and taking action in the present this allows us to live more proactively in order to action our life goals.
Some people live in the past perhaps in a sea of regret and memories, imagine trying to drive a car by looking in the rear view mirror you are heading for a crash! These people need to look forward and take action in the present to get there.
Some people worry to much about the future that they fail to appreciate what’s around them now, and taking action consistently in the now is essential to steer you towards your future goals.
Without taking action now your goals are only way off dreams that drift further away.
Every journey starts with the first step, and like a marathon runner we need to believe that the training (or lack of it) in the past affects us in the now and every step in the present takes us nearer the finish.
If we haven’t trained in the past prior to the race, every step in the present is more difficult (and even painful at times) and the finish is harder to reach.
We cannot reach the finish unless through will and effort we focus on taking steps ‘now’ in the present however hard they are, to take us to the finish line.
In the ‘now’ we must plant the seeds, which tomorrow is the past, yet we reap the rewards in the future, as Robert Louis Stevenson quotes;
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant”.
So we can’t change the past and we can’t predict the future, that leaves us with the present as the place where we have the most power to create a positive effect on our future.
To live life in the now and gain a deeper understanding I recommend reading Eckhart Tolle and his book ‘The Power of Now’, and for those of you that think life’s to short and you just want to have some rules to live by; perhaps just live in the now, be proactive today and take some steps towards your goals.
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha
I dare you don’t live in your past memories or dreams of the future be proactive today, I leave you with a quote from Steve Jobs at his Commencement address to Stanford University 2005.
Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.