A straightforward guide to living in the present

Published on Author Anshul AgarwalLeave a comment

 

Live in present
Live in present
Live in present
Live in present
Live in present
Live in present
Live in present
Live in present

Let’s not talk about you. I sense that makes you uncomfortable.

Let’s talk about Lota.

He is the guy in the pictures here. This is him.

Live in present
Live in present

Kinda sad he is!

Guess too occupied by a thought.

Let’s see how Lota uses his present moments.

He is either thinking back about what happened in the past…

Living in past
Living in past

or is busy thinking forth in the future.

Thinking of future
Thinking of future

At times, both.

Living in present
Living in present

Those times when he is thinking ahead- he thinks of a time when things will be great. Like, he awaits that fine day when he’ll graduate.

Living in present
Living in present

But, until then, he must endure what all it entails. That means, he has to drag through his courses. The classes are the necessary evil that he must suffer through to get that graduation certificate. He can’t bring himself to participate in fun activities or enjoy his daily routine, because he hasn’t got the attitude for it. His attitude is to live today in preparation for tomorrow. He does this by worrying, planning, hoping or idealizing. He thinks if he doesn’t worry enough for future, he won’t be prepared for it when it comes.

However, the reality of life is that the future someday becomes today.

And when that happens, this is how Lota feels.

Living in present
Living in present

He feels frustrated because he banked too much upon tomorrow, but it isn’t very different from yesterday.

So he thinks back to the past, to see what went wrong for this to happen to him.

Living in present
Living in present

He finds something- usually a terrible childhood or a dysfunctional family- to blame for the frustration of his present.

But how to survive through this present frustration?

Easy-peasy.

Set your eyes on a future event hoping for a better life.

Living in present
Living in present

Though, the future is bound to become present someday.

Living in present
Living in present

And when that happens, he again ends up feeling frustrated and depressed, again blaming his past for his present condition.

Living in present
Living in present

Once again, Lota goes in the loop.

 

 

Living in present
Living in present

We know what happens next.

Living in present
Living in present
Living in present
Living in present

Now you see.

Lota is trapped.

In a vicious circle.

He has spent his life in quiet misery, and this will continue. Forever.

Because he doesn’t know how to live in the present.

He only lives in past or future, which isn’t even technically feasible. Because at any given moment, you are in present.

Living in present
Living in present

So he really is just wasting his present moments living in the times which don’t exist now.

He is detached from the reality.

And disturbed.

In fact, the further he is away from the present, the more disturbed he is.

Living in present
Living in present

Plus, he is in a trap.

Living in present
Living in present

He is destined to a life of misery.

No matter how much he protests or fools himself, this is the end.

Unless he decides to come back to the reality and get out of this trap.

And the only way out of this trap is to …

… straighten out the circle.

 

I know, that seems tough, and a lot of work, but it is what it is.

There is no other way.

Living in present
Living in present

He can do this, but he has to keep himself reminding of this post, and the way his miserable life was made fun of on getlifebytes.com.

Or he can remind himself of these three sentences.

Living in present
Living in present
Living in present
Living in present
Living in present
Living in present

And while reminding himself of these sentences, he can continue straightening the circle.

There is no other way, really.

Just these three sentences.

Read them again.

ACT in the present.

 


 

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