In or For

I’ve written a lot about being in the now. Living in the present. That’s where the power is. That’s where life is. The point of power and creation. But… Isn’t it necessary to forego immediate reward for a successful life? Isn’t making plans for the future and working toward those goals the only way to get ahead? Yes. If you only lived for now you probably wouldn’t go to work unless your job was a real blast. If you were only going to live for now, then it make sense to spend without regard for the future. Spend it all then get out the credit card. Not a good idea. Why go to school or study? Those activities are about future rewards.

Living for the now is the cause of so many problems that people experience. The willingness to forego immediate gratification for long term gain is one of the prerequisites for success. But actually the real question is living in the now or living for the now. Big difference. And when you live in the now you can and are building toward the future.

Living for now is really a matter of not being present. If you are totally engaged in the present, the now, you are not at all interested in silly escape activity. If you are engaged and present, no need to running through the mall throwing money away buying things that you don’t need. If you are engaged in the present, there is no need or interest in alcohol or drugs. If you are fully engaged in your work or studies, fully present, there is no room for dissatisfaction or frustration.

Be present. Be here now. It is both living in the now and, seemingly paradoxically, building the future. If you understand that there is only now, then it is easy to get that doing the right thing now builds toward the right thing in some “future” now. Only now. This now and some “other” now. All one.

What is is the way it really is. Observation is power. Judgment is weakness.

Observe, appreciate, be grateful. Live, love, create, give, laugh, smile. Do it now.

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