I was speaking with a woman the other day who in a few sentences proclaimed her plans for her life for the next 15 years. She is currently attending school to become a midwife and her children are 6 and 8. She was telling me how eager she is to be done with school, work as a midwife for 15 years, and then retire so she can spend her days gardening. While it is great and necessary to have plans it was obvious she is spending all of her energy living in the future thereby missing out on today.
Living in the present is difficult at times especially if you are not happy with your present life. There is the tendency to dwell on the past or try to fast-forward to the future. Life holds no guarantees. We are not promised a tomorrow. What you do have this moment and once you determine to savor each moment, make the right choices in this moment, and stay focused on the present your life will drastically change for the better.
Constantly living in the past or in the future only leads to stress and unfulfillment. Taking time to stop and smell the proverbial roses will be just one small step in achieving balance and a sense of calm in your life. Take time to do it NOW.