Now and then

memory is a river, one that always runs backward. – The Spy, Paulo Coelho

Ever since I watched Disney’s Alice, Through the Looking Glass,  I have been contemplating time. We are obsessed by it. When we are young, we can’t wait until we grow up. When we are old, we look back and reminisce about time gone by.

We worry about the future and stress about the past. We have a hard time focusing on what is happening right now. We are too busy being busy. We rush from here to there. We hardly stop to smell the proverbial roses. We rarely revel in the present moment.

I notice this when I’m watching my girls dance or at their school plays. Everyone is trying to video their kid performing. Yet how many of those amateur videographers actually enjoyed and remember the performance without going back to the video. I personally find when I try to video something, I’ so absorbed in the videoing, that I forget to enjoy the moment.

Many times we simply let time slip us by. Remember to savour the now and live your life to the fullest.

Living in the Now

Many of us have heard the old adage “A watched pot never boils.” This is quite true on so many different levels. Have you ever noticed when you’re anxious about something it seems like it takes forever to get to that point. Yet then the opposite happens, “Time flies when you’re having fun.”

A couple of weekends ago my husband and I were selling BBQ meat at a local Christmas market. It was kind of a crappy day weather wise and my husband kept asking what time it was. I had forgotten to wear my watch. As I glanced at my wrist, I coyly replied, “The time is now.” He was being more serious, so I had to dig out my phone to check the time.

Scientifically speaking, time is measured by the rotation of the Earth around the sun. Therefore, time would be different on different planets.

We are so obsessed with time. We often end up forgetting to live in the now. Savoring and enjoying the moment we are in. We can’t change the past and we shouldn’t stress about the future. So start living the now.