Author’s Note: Welcome back to Hillsboro@20, a weekly recount of my thoughts and experiences as a 20-year-old living in Hillsboro, OR. In this sixth installment, I discuss the value of living in the present moment. So take some time and enjoy the read.
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”
Variably credited and extensively renditioned, this quote has endured generations. Ultimately, it serves to remind people of the value of living in the present moment, as the past and future are inconsequential in comparison.
“Yesterday is history.”
Everyone’s past experiences are over. They cannot be reproduced nor reformed. Therefore, beyond brief reflection, the past should not be dwelled on. Doing so deters oneself from proceeding forward in life. All should let go of the past and embrace yesterday to be not more than history.
“Tomorrow is a mystery.”
The future is unpredictable. It is truly impossible to foresee the exact proceedings of any event or situation. While one is certainly permitted to plan accordingly, they must not over occupy their mind with the thought. Obsessively deliberating the future does not leave a person better prepared but rather anxious and drained in their spirit. This impedes on the quality of their actions when the occasions arise. It is best to cease the worry and leave tomorrow to be a mystery.
“Today is a gift.”
The true gift of life rests in the present moment. By channeling one’s focus to their current being, a person is able to realize the solace and beauty hidden in the now. The routine acts of daily life, although repetitive, should be recurrently appreciated. And all the “little things” constantly acknowledged. Practicing gratitude, noticing nature, and slowing one’s breaths all contribute to a positive consciousness of one’s own presence. Life is short, and not every day is promised. So, cherish each one by living in the present, as it is a gift.