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Living truly in the moment.

I want to preface by saying that scientifically speaking, you can’t. You’re living 13 milliseconds behind everything else. This is how long an image takes to go from your retina to your brain.

Of course, you can honestly ignore that because it’s such an insignificant amount, but again that was scientific speak.

Let’s talk about the idea of living in the moment. Until about 4 days ago, the sentence “live in the moment” has always come across as a way of not thinking about future or past. That was it. But now I see it as something different. To quote the book ‘The Little Prince’:

“I dropped my tools. What did I care about my hammer, about my bolt, about thirst and death? There was a little prince to be consoled!”

He was in the desert, with only 3 days of water left, miles from civilization with a plane needing to be repaired. He had upset the little prince, so he immediately stopped working towards survival and instead focused on what was going on right now.

Would you get closer to the edge of a cliff to get a better view? Or would you not risk it? Those who truly live in the moment would probably sit on the edge of that cliff and relax.

No matter where you are, you always have the options to stay away or to get closer.

Which options you take for different scenarios is up to you.

One comment

  1. NancyT says:

    Very interesting post, Javair. I haven’t read The Little Prince in a long time and am now motivated to read it again.

    I agree, every moment is a choice that we get to decide how to spend 🙂

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