We constantly watch the clock. We have our favorite TV shows. We have classes and other appointments. How often are you present? Enjoying the moment rather than worrying about the future or fretting over the past.
Yesterday there was a rally in Tulsa Oklahoma that had the whole world on edge. Regardless of politics, you were focused on a Trump campaign rally that forecast 100,000 people. The scientists warned of the potential spread of COVID-19. Trump was excited about getting away from criticism and being embraced by his adoring fans. Oklahoma was concerned about the “inevitable” clash between the Trump supporters and Black Lives Matters protesters.
At the end of the day, it was a non-event. The Oklahoma fire department released data that said the 6,200 entered the arena. There was no violence. Trump’s big event turned out to be a bust. And an unlikely group of spoilers claimed victory, namely, Tik Tok, a website.
Tik Tok claimed that teenagers used the internet to scam the Trump campaign and reserve hundreds of seats at the rally. Trump’s campaign refutes this and argues that the low attendance was due to his favorite target, the “fake news.” The fact is that it doesn’t matter.
What is important is that we focused on a future event instead of the moment. We lived through the present without being “present.” What did that accomplish? Nothing. We missed precious moments out of concern over an unknown future. We need to stop ourselves. We need to stay in the moment.
Father Time stops for no one. There are no guaranties in life. Today may be the last day of your life or not. We don’t know. But why waste time worrying about a tomorrow that may never come? Stay in the moment. Savor the moment. Live your life. There are no do-overs.
Live each day as if it’s your last. Do what you want to do, not what you think you are supposed to do or what others expect you to do. Each moment is priceless, don’t waste them. Live, love, laugh, in whatever order works for you.