The major part of our life is lived fighting our present and planning for our future. Irrespective of our favourable or unfavourable “present”, we are trapped in sketching a perfect future for ourselves.
This oblivion to our present causes life to pass us by, because everything here is transient. According to philosopher Thich Nhat Hanh, “If you suffer, it is not because things are impermanent. It is because you believe things are permanent.”
This sense of permanence causes us to procrastinate. We keep putting things for later that we ought to do now, and are rudely woken up when there is no ‘later’ to live, to love, to indulge, to celebrate. Things change; people depart, our situation changes – Change is the only constant and the only permanent phenomena in this world.
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To live life as if there were no tomorrow is to do justice to it. Each moment, each stage, each phase of life is telling us something. It is there for a particular reason. To be aware of it is to act in accord with it. Good or bad, it will pass. To accept it unconditionally is to live it completely. Then there are no regrets; only celebrations. Celebrate life in all its seasons, because every season comes with its rewards and its lessons; its perks and its pitfalls.
We get so entangled in its pitfalls, that we miss the perks. No matter how dismal our present, it will still have its perks. Life is all about trade-offs and pay-offs. There is no pay-off without a trade-off. Our tomorrow may offer us a particular pay off but it will not come without its trade-off. Once we are aware of this, we concentrate on our present pay off, our blessings of that particular phase of life.
Nothing here is permanent, but this sense of impermanence alone can allow us to redeem ourselves and live life completely.