3 years ago for day 82, 2019 with 328 words.

The present

It’s late at night after a long day, but I write words on the daily so that’s what I’ll do.

It’s been a great day spending time with family. This morning my bro, bro-in-Law and I cycled a 30km loop through the forest.

Then we went swimming for a couple of hours with nieces and nephews. And finished the day with nachos and fajitas.

I’m pretty shattered, and, bum soreness pending, may be up early for another 30km trail.

It’s great seeing my nieces and nephews growing up. Seeing their characters develop. Their cheekiness come out. Their adventurous side too.

It’s been a busy day, but a full one. It reminds me of what Daniel Kahneman teaches, that we live life through the experiencing self and the remembering self.

It’s important to experience the moment, and not be fixated on how it will look in the rear view mirror or remembering a previous experience.

There’s time for remembering and looking back, but life is primarily lived in the present. Surprisingly, most of us live life in the past or the future.

We live in the past, both the highlights and the poor times. Remembering past hurts and reminiscing about better times.

We live in the future too. Looking forward to our next holiday. Dreaming of what’s to come. Projecting our fears into tomorrow too, worrying about that which we can’t control.

But life is only lived in the present. All we can affect is the here and now.

There’s a quote from the well-known film, Kung Fu Panda, that sums this up well:

“There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the ‘present.‘“

We all live life in the present. Let’s remember to treat it like one.

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By Fred Rivett

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