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Getting more joy out of life by focussing on the present May 6, 2018

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in personal development ideas.
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Because human nature seems to have a built-in bias towards looking to the future, rather than fully enjoying or dealing with what is presented to us right now, psychology experts constantly remind us of the importance of living in “The Now.”

So, in the tradition of offering a light reminder of the importance of living in the present, there is a poem (attributed to Robert H. Smith in the version I found) which sums up why we should focus more on the present. No doubt some readers will already be familiar with it.

Here are the two key verses:

The clock of life is wound but once
And no-one has the power
To tell just when the hands will stop
At late or early hour.

The present only is our own
So live, love, and toil with a will
Place no faith in “Tomorrow”
For the clock may then be still.

Paying attention to the future and being optimistic about its potential is important, but putting too much energy towards the path ahead may mean missing important opportunities on the path we are walking today.

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