Everyone is different. We all dress differently, behave differently, learn differently… Because we are individuals, we all have different views on the world. Some consider loyalty and forgiveness to be the key aspects to be focussed on, while others focus on being optimistic. While, we’re all different, there’s one thing everyone has in common for certain… We all have a past, present and a future.
Everyday we’re bombarded with well-known quotes such as “Today is the first day of the rest of your life” and “Study as if you were to live forever, live as if you were going to die tomorrow”. But no quote could describe a better philosophy than the quote by A.A. Milne, from her Winnie the Pooh series:
“What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.
This philosophy is that everyone should live in the moment!
“What day is it?” is a question we all ask at one point or another. The need for an answer to this question, is driven by a worry that we may be missing something important, or that we were meant to be doing something else. It is a way to calibrate us in relation to what we may or may not be looking forward to. One of the underlying reasons to ask is that we know how far we are from something and how much time we still have to prepare for it.
Piglet’s answer is unexpected. He does not give which day of the week it is but rather simply says, “It’s Today”. One of the lessons from Piglet’s answer is the need to be in the present. What would it be like if you lived your life as if today is the best day of all, living each and every day as if it was your favorite day and being thankful for it?
This is going to be my best day ever.
Living in the moment is all about living like there’s no tomorrow. It means that your awareness is completely centered on the here and now. You are not worrying about the future or thinking about the past. When you live in the present, you are living where life is happening. To do this, you must realize beauty in every moment, and in everyday activities. Try starting each morning with the thought, “This is going to be my best day ever.” Then stay aware of all the things that make this a beautiful day in your life.