There is Only Right Now

Posted on September 11, 2020

Marc Zalmanoff

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Have you ever thought about time?

In reality, time is merely a man-made concept used for humans to keep the order of events. There really is no actual time other than this very moment. The past is no longer real. Our memories and historical events are long gone. The future is yet to be made, full of hopes and dreams, but no more real than the past.

All we have is right now.

It’s difficult to keep that in perspective at times, as we have goals and ambitions and aspirations which cannot happen immediately. We also know rent is due, grocery shopping has to be done, the lawn needs to be mowed, the kids need to be fed, etc.

So far in 2020, we’ve weathered a pandemic, the Tiger King, protesting and rioting, homeschooling our kids (God help them!), and whatever other shenanigans have been thrown our way. Soon enough, however, this year will come to an end like all the others. The construct of years often causes us to analyze life’s progress. When January 1st comes around, the thought of a clean slate gives us hope for something better than the last year contained, which I have a feeling MANY will be hoping for in 2021.

But if this moment is the only one that factually exists, what are you doing with it? Are you loving more? Are you giving more? Are you sharing your gifts with the world in a positive manner? Are you treated others more kindly? Are you treating YOURSELF more kindly? Are you putting your phone down and looking your children and significant other in the eyes? Are you honoring your physical body in a better way?

Are you being a better YOU than you were yesterday?

 

I want to encourage all of you to take a few moments today to reflect on your life. This year so far, this month, this week, this day, and this very moment. There’s a stoic saying, “Memento Mori” which translates to “remember your death.” It’s so important to my life I tattooed it on my arm. (See Photo)

While I hope for many more years of existence, there is no guarantee I will make it to tomorrow. Embracing that fact allows me, motivates me, and encourages me to be the best me every moment. I realize it doesn’t always happen that way, but the acceptance there is only right now has truly allowed me to LIVE so much more.

If today was your last day alive, how would you want to be remembered? Would you want your last words to be harsh and hateful, or kind and loving? Would you want to go to sleep knowing you served the world powerfully, or simply wasted the day away? I think about these things often, and I believe you should as well.

Are you utilizing your moment in time to it’s fullest?

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