A collection of inspirational living in the moment quotes that will stop you from drifting to the past or future so you can enjoy life to the fullest.
Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.
– Louis L’Amour
“Would you like chicken or beef?”
“So which one do you want to order?”
This conversation took place on my trip to Vietnam when I was in a restaurant. I had all the seemingly delicious food on the menu. But my mind wasn’t there.
My mind was drafting a reply to an email I just checked. My mind was on the local tour I hadn’t booked for tomorrow. My mind was on my Q4 schedule for work. I was so caught up by things that had happened or might happen, and I let the present moments slip through my fingers.
This may sound familiar to you, or perhaps it’s just me. But when notifications are dragging our mind to a thousand different directions, it’s so hard to live in the moment and focus on the present moment.
I can’t even remember the last time I do nothing but to immerse myself in the flow of air, the sound of the wind, and the warmth of the sunshine.
Why do we need to live in the present?
So why do we need to live in the present? What big deal is it to linger to the past or anticipating the future?
As Mel Robbins said, “if you are living in the past, you are going to be depressed. If you are living in the future, you are going to be anxious.” The present moment is the only thing we have control of, not the past, not the future.
Every second we spend thinking about past trauma or worrying about what may happen; we are wasting our time to make things happen.
If you too have trouble living life to the fullest and enjoy every moment, these 34 living in the moment quotes may help to reset your mind and to stop it from jumping around.
34 Thought-provoking living in the moment quotes
What is not living in the moment?
1. Get caught up in my own emotions
2. Worry about the future
3. Can’t forgive myself for my wrongdoings
4. Anxious about what may happen
5. Let the what-ifs fill my mind
6. Hold a grudge
7. Lose interest in what I used to love
8. Wait for the perfect timing
Forever is composed of nows.
Seize the day;
To put aside all differences, all fears, all worries, and just go for it.
The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.
“What day is it?” asked Pooh.
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.
Let everything happen to you, beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Life is a journey, not a destination.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Yesterday is dead; tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.
The past is behind, learn from it. The future is ahead, prepare for it. The present is here, live it.
Thomas S. Monson
The best preparation for the future is to live as if there were none.
We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends, and living our lives.
There are greater possibilities ahead than anything that has already passed you by.
Take the ride, live the experience, find your passion.
Charles E Hudson
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.
When you arise in the morning, think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love.
Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.
The future starts today, not tomorrow.
Pope John Paul II
Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.
The future depends on what you do today.
I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist.
Don’t count the days; make the days count.
One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.
Stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight.
Gordon B. Hinckley
The only reason to be alive is to enjoy it.
Rita Mae Brown
Even in the mud and scum of things, something always, always sings.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
No amount of regretting can change the past, and no amount of worrying can change the future.
Roy T. Bennett
Future cares have future cures. And we must mind today.
You are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.
The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting.
We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.
One day/Day one
Better an “oops” than a “what if”.
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