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I definitely believe this. My life has not gone as I planned it, but what would be the point? Life is about living. You cannot know everything that is going to happen before it happens. How boring that would be! Yes, we would like peace of mind. But the truth is that where you end up is not nearly as important as how you get there, because the getting there is life.
A few loose reiterations of my take on the meaning behind the adage:
- Instead of ignoring our present situation and waiting for a future, we should focus on the experience of the present.
- There is never a moment during life when you will (literally) be any more alive than you are now.
- Focusing on a goal or future state of being and treating that hypothetical situation as more real than a current situation essentially demeans the present moment.
As living beings, we all have the same destination, don't we? So that is unlikely to be what motivates us, what drives us, what engages us. What makes life worth living, what makes each of us unique, what brings us joy and the suffering that allows us to learn something - that's the journey! I once saw a wonderful cartoon in which the child said something to the effect that the word "present" was a synonym for the word "gift" because the present was a gift. (Of course, it was done more cleverly than that!) As pohnpei says, we should savor the present, always. That is the journey.
I believe this. To me, it means that we should savor and enjoy every part of life. We should not act as if any part of our life is something that we are just getting through on the way to some destination. We should live in the present rather than wasting the present as we hope for the future (like saying "I can't wait 'til I leave for college...").
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