LIVE EACH DAY AS IF IT WERE YOUR SECOND TO LAST
The old homily, “live each day as if it were your last” is at the crux of Fundamental Eight. Yet, as I have sometimes kidded with my students, it might be better to rephrase that old saying to read “live each day as if it were your SECOND to last” (assuming one would be too depressed on the “last day” to enjoy themselves).
Whichever, the research on happy people is clear on this point; they live more fully in the present!
Perhaps it is because they are so social and active. Perhaps it is because they worry so little. Perhaps it is because they are more involved in their outside life than their inside world. Perhaps it is because they have such an optimistic view of events which happen. Whatever, one of the secrets to happiness appears to be “present-orientation.”
Being “present-oriented” is simple in practice. It is not so much “living each day as if it were your SECOND to last,” rather it involves living every moment with the fresh and awe-inspired view of an infant.
Becoming “present-oriented” is an appreciation of the fact that a human lifetime affords millions of independent moments — and that almost every one of them contains the potential for enjoyment.
Becoming “present-oriented” is based on the fact that happiness can be developed a moment at a time…
Any one moment you can change from an unpleasant to a pleasant one, is one moment more that can change your happiness. And most of the time, every moment in the present is rather wonderful — if you can appreciate it just as it is.