100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 94. Live Today

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Not yesterday, not tomorrow. Go for what you can do today and leave yesterday behind for good. It’s not here anymore. And tomorrow doesn’t even exist yet, so why bother. All you have is today. Don’t waste it.

Burn the memories and stop worrying about the future. It doesn’t help. You can’t change something already consumed and you can’t predict something that didn’t happen yet.

Living today is the only place you can live. So make sure you’re making it worthwhile. Stay in the present. The only things a past can bring to you are its lessons and the only thing to expect from the future is hope.

Because the only way to predict the future is to create it, they say. And you can do that only from today. 

Learn From Yesterday, Live Today, Create Tomorrow

If life would be a castle, this simple triad would be the base brick. This is how you build a castle, with bricks on top of bricks, on top of other bricks. Each of these bricks must be carefully crafted. Their surface should be lean and perfectly fit for each other. There should be no holes, no unevenness, no breach. Otherwise, the castle will collapse.

Each of this bricks must be balanced. The past should be about learning, the present about living and the future about creation. Each component should have an equal part in the brick.

If there’s too much past, or too much future, the brick will be like swollen on one of its ends. The castle will lean on one of its sides. If there’s too much past, or too much future, your castle floor will be uneven. It will be really hard to live in such a building. The mere act of standing will require a lot of effort. Have you noticed how people who live in the past or in the future have a real hard time focusing? Finishing even a simple task could be really difficult for them. That’s because their energy is directed toward keeping their balance on this uneven floor. They hardly have anything left to cope with the present.

On the other side, if there’s too much present in the brick, the swollen part will be in the middle. The bricks will not fit perfectly on top of each other, there will be a lot of space in between. The construction will be weak, no stability. Every step will be risky. Because you didn’t learn from the past and have no interest in creating the future, your castle will shake at every step. This is a case of ignorance. Everything you do will have a destructive potential, because you’re on a very feeble ground.

But if you manage to fit everything together, if you keep your focus on today, having yesterday accounted for, and tomorrow always in sight, your castle will be steady. No lose ends, no shaky foundation, just flow.

Every time I feel like I’m working too hard, I know my castle is leaning sideways and I spend too much time and energy keeping my balance (most of the time, for me, it’s about living in the future, making too many plans, and ignoring the present). And every time I feel the urge of acting immediately, without thinking too much at the consequences (what future am I creating?), or not doing enough research (what are the lessons from the past?) I know there’s too much present and my castle can fall down immediately.

How’s your castle today?

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