Living in the Present: Don’t Miss Out on the Joy of Now

Too often, we miss out on the joy of living in the present in anticipation of a better or different future.

I remember a particular instance in December when I had a much-anticipated meeting on the Island. However, it turned out the day was already scheduled for a hangout in church. I really wanted to attend the meeting, but I also had to be in church as one of the leaders of the church group.

After much back and forth, trying to see if the meeting could be rescheduled or if I could manage both events, I eventually decided to prioritize my commitment to the church. Although I felt hurt and uninterested, resigning myself to merely fulfilling my responsibility, I realized something important. While I didn’t want to be there, I was, in fact, there, I was still spending my time, and it was still my life. And I couldn’t afford to waste it. I had a choice: to dwell on the missed opportunity or embrace and enjoy the moment.

At that moment, I let go of the hurt and negative thoughts and fully engaged with the church activities. Surprisingly, it turned out to be one of the best days of the holiday period. I had fun, played, and fully immersed myself in the experience.

Like me, we often find ourselves yearning for things we don’t currently have or places we can’t be at the moment. Consequently, we may lose interest in the present while eagerly anticipating a desirable future.

However, these waiting periods are still our time and our lives. They belong to us.

So, while we’re waiting, let’s not be wasting.

While waiting to make a change, to Japa, let’s live our lives, fully.
While waiting to be in that amazing relationship, let’s live our lives, intentionally.
While waiting for our dreams to materialize, let’s live our lives, meaningfully.

Let’s make the most of every moment.

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Olalekan Owonikoko

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