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Are You Really Living?

“What surprises me most is ‘Man’, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he doesn’t enjoy the present; the result being he doesn’t live in the present or the future; he lives as if he’s never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.” – Dalai Lama

Do you feel like you’re really living? Do you make the most of each day? Are you ‘in the moment’ or do you live looking ahead at the next crisis headed your way?

Consider how your dog greets you whether you’ve been gone 5 minutes, 5 hours or 5 days. The dog is happy to see you because they don’t live in the past being annoyed with you for leaving them alone or in the future being annoyed or fearful because you might leave again. They are in the moment always. And that’s how we should be.

How much stress would we eliminate from our lives if we just stayed in the moment, putting one foot in front of the other, living one day at a time? Worrying about tomorrow doesn’t make whatever we are worried about go away but it does make today unpleasant.

Live every day likes it’s your last one on earth. If you knew today was the last day you’d be here, what would that look like?


  1. Lily Leung on January 13, 2019 at 11:57 am

    It's very good advice, Karen. My dog, Sheba reminds me every day. She is a very happy girl, barks at everyone going by except thieves that come in the night. 🙂 But she does her main job, keeping us in the present moment.

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