Kate Keenan Living in the present
Everyone seems to be "crazy busy" at the moment. There is so much to do and so little time in which to do it. It's all so frantic.
"Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans," John Lennon memorably wrote. And for many people this appears to be what is happening – life is just passing us by.
It is so easy to find ourselves dwelling either in the past, wishing to be able to put the clock back, or living in the future, anticipating what might be, that we may find that we have very little time left for actually living now, in the present.
We can be so busy getting on with things that we miss seeing our kids growing up or become so engrossed in "busy being busy" that we fail to benefit from the fruits of all our hard labour.
But life is not a dress rehearsal and as far as I can make out this is the only chance we get.
We can not save up our time and use it later to enjoy what is happening now.
Once it is gone, it is gone.
If we miss out on important events, a bit of our past goes missing, as we have no personal memories to contribute when others reminisce about what Uncle Fred got up to or how Grandma did a knees-up, saying, "You had to be there."
And of course you did.
It seems to me that the time for living is now. Right now.
It is about being here and appreciating a good quality of life.
For most of us, despite the economic downturn, our standard of living is higher than it has ever been.
And even if things are not quite as they were, there are so many things we can enjoy which take little time and cost very little, if any, money.
It is all about savouring things as they happen, such as admiring a lovely sunset or taking pleasure in the glorious autumnal colours of the trees around us.
Or it may be about ring fencing that important celebration or family event and letting nothing divert you from being there.
And when on holiday, refraining from constantly checking e-mails and texts can be difficult.
But surely, the whole purpose of going on holiday is to relax and enjoy the here and now, so that our batteries can be recharged, enabling us to return revived and ready for the next onslaught?
Living in the present I believe is as important as remembering past events and looking toward the future. It's what gives both of these their context and their power.