“If one takes away riches from the wise man, one leaves him still in possession of all that is his: for he lives happy in the present, and without fear for the future.” – Seneca
Living in the moment is an idea position that has been poisoned by society because it implies a lack of concern for the future and a failure to learn from the mistakes or successes of our past. Nothing could be further from the truth, it takes a significant amount of willpower and mental strength to stay content in the here and now while simultaneously planning for the future and learning from the past. It takes courage to look at the past, learn lessons then try to plan for the future full well knowing that you have little to no control over what happens.
And that is what living happily in the present is about. It means knowing full well that whatever life decides to dish out, we are going to live happy, meaningful lives. But it also means knowing full well that we have little to no control over what life has in store for us. That doesn’t mean we don’t plan and learn from our mistakes or successes. Instead we do everything we can to mitigate the effects of anything bad and to put ourselves in a position to be able to take advantage of anything good that life throws at us.
And being prepared for the future – at least as much as is possible – frees us to enjoy our current blessings or learn from our current hardships or if we are truly blessed, do both at the same time.
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