When asked what surprised him about humanity the most, the Dalai Lama replied:
“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
Whether the Dalai Lama said this or not, this struck a chord with me. I feel like I used to be really good at living in the present. Now, not so much. It’s either nostalgia, having more responsibilities as a father and the stress of work-life balance, or the combination of everything. I’m working on this.
We are so busy and it is oftentimes so difficult to maintain our perspective of the present … and we miss it. Time is our most valuable commodity. The past and future are only concepts that exist in the present. Be here now.