Awesome Quotes – Today/Now

AWESOME QUOTESWelcome to a brand new set of Awesome Quotes. For a change, it’s not a Friday thing.

This week’s theme is today, or the here and now.

I recently participated in a 7-day camp at The Yoga Institute at Santacruz, Mumbai and am enrolled at a teacher’s training course at the same place (I’ve spoken about this earlier, here and here). A big lesson I have learnt there thus far, is to stay in the present. To consciously be where I am, whatever I am doing, with whoever I am. I have realised I have rarely done that in quite some time now.

Tap into your thoughts at any given point of time. Our mind is very fast. Most normal events are too slow or not sufficiently stimulative for it to be completely engaged with those tasks, and it wanders. We are either fretting over the past, the could-have and should-have-beens, or worrying over the future, what is yet to be. Neither is wrong or bad, just know that either way, it shall bear you no fruits, material or otherwise. You cannot change what happened in the past by worrying about it, and you cannot ever know what is going to happen the next second by breaking a sweat over that. Yes, you can learn from what has already transpired, you can maybe even make amends for your errors but worrying or fretting will only waste your time and worse, make you negative.

Therefore, the only thing that will keep our mind steady is to be in the moment and take things as they come, while understanding the consequences of the decisions we make while in the moment. We are being mindful.

With that in mind, I’ve got a few quotes about the ideas and concepts that ‘living in the present’ encompasses. Please, enjoy the now!


“Just for today, I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle my whole life problem at once.

Just for today I will be happy.”

— Kenneth L. Holmes

Let’s all try to live in the now just for today, and see how it goes.

“The future is not yet ours; perhaps it never will be. It is exposing ourselves to temptation to wish to anticipate God, and to prepare ourselves for things which he may not destine for us. Let us give heed to the present, whose duties are pressing; it is fidelity to the present which prepares us for fidelity in the future.”

— Francois Fenelon

I find this to be put very articulately and aptly.

“Yesterday is but a Dream,
And Tomorrow is only a Vision:
But Today well-lived makes
Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,
And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.”

— Translated from Sanskrit

Live today well. Look forward to living tomorrow well.

“Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in. Tomorrow is a new day. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with it’s hopes and invitations,to waste a moment on yesterdays.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Learn and move on.

“We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.”

— Dale Carnegie

Live a little. Don’t procrastinate on that shit.

“Only that day dawns to which we are awake.”

— Thoreau

This one’s deep.

“Happiness is here and now.”

–Thich Nhat Hanh, 1926

If you want to be happy, be happy now. Happiness isn’t a place to get to, its a way of travelling.

“Ordinary people merely think how they shall spend their time; a man of talent tries to use it.”

— Arthur Schopenhauer

Use thy time.

“Time is not a line, but a series of now points.”

— Taisen Deshimaru

Make all the use of the now, so you won’t have to complain on its scarcity later.


Aaaaand that’s all I have for this week’s Awesome Quotes! I hope you guys enjoyed.

I’ll see you next time, when I’ll be back with some more Awesome Quotes.

Carpe diem.

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The Future

Today is the 2nd of October. Its celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti, here in India, and I hope, in the rest of the world as well. The ‘father of our nation’ as he’s called, Mahatma Gandhi, was born on this day 146 years ago.

Its a day usually involving looking back at his life, how he voyaged, along with the rest of India, through the troughs and peaks of the freedom struggle. Its a day usually involving a fair bit of reminiscing.

But let’s not do that. Let’s instead look forward. Let’s look to the future. I’d like to look to the future instead.

What does the future hold for me? What would I be like, what would my life be like 5, 10, 15, 20 years from now?

I honestly don’t have a damn clue.

IMG_20150320_195649You know how they say that its not good living in the past? Well, I believe its not good to look too far into the future as well. Just as there is no point in thinking too much about what has been, there is no point in dwelling too much on what, possibly, probably, is still to come. Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith and promise yourself you’ll get where you want to be, no matter what. No. Matter. What.

I am in one of those phases right now when I don’t know whether I should be enthusiastic about my future or not. I know what I want to be, and I have a very rough idea of how I can go about it, but I am honestly not sure about it all at the moment.

For me, the next three to four months are the most crucial months of my junior college life so far. I have my terminals towards the end of this month (for which I’m obviously not yet prepared completely), prelims (preliminary is the full form; they’re basically like mock tests before our final 12th Board Exams), and then the 12th Boards in late February, and will stretch up to late March. After that I have a couple of months off, not to figure out what I want to do next, that is kinda a little late, but just to take a breather before I plunge back into the fray.

After the next decade or so, I aim to see myself having a profession, of some kind, in the field of Psychology. Of course, writing will be my side-business, so don’t you people worry about me ever stopping writing 😀 I have been doing some research regarding careers in Psychology and Sports Psychology has interested me a lot. Other branches of Psychology that interest me are Criminal Psychology and Couneselling/Therapy. Are any of my readers here Psychologists, or do you have knowledge about that field? I’d love some advice or anything you have that could help in any way.


That was me contemplating about the past, present and future. What do you look forward to?