Monday, May 12, 2008

Why "Live in the Moment" is such potent advice

The advice to live in the moment is ubiquitous but has merit. Reasons:  
  • It gives you a fresh start--without the baggage of your past or fears of your future
  • It precludes your being overwhelmed--If you're only contemplating your next one-second task, you're unlikely to feel overwhelmed.
  • It maximizes pleasure: You are fully savoring what you're eating, reading, feeling, listening to.
It can even work while you're working. For example, as I'm writing this, I'm not particularly enjoying the effort to figure out what to say. But I make sure to take a moment of pleasure with every completed paragraph, when I'm done with the first draft, when I reread it and find ways to improve it, when I click, "publish post" and see it published, and whenever I get a positive or edifying comment on that post.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes! Absolutely. Thanks for the reminder.


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