“All of us tend to put off living. 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

Tomorrow never comes when all you do is dwell on it. This is something which took me a very long time to learn. I used to waist so many days thinking about the future. When I was going through my teenage angst I would dwell on the past and feel like I had somehow got the short end of the stick. If I could relive some of my life it would only be with the knowledge the the very moment I am living is matters, not what will happen or what has happen, but that moment.

“Life is a preparation for the future; and the best preparation for the future is to live as if there were none.” ― Albert Einstein

A boy scout is taught to prepare. In other words, it is good to be organize or learn how to productive. I believe productivity comes from organization, but I have known people who are very productive and work in what looks like a controlled chaotic environment. Each person is different. Prepare yourself for today. Prepare yourself for tasks at hand. But never let yourself prepare only for something that may never happen.

“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” ― Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx

You have the power to decide if you are happy or not. Happiness is not something to dream about. Happiness is an attitude. A positive attitude. But make no mistake. Do not let yourself be blinded by happiness. But enjoyment in the good and the bad is a better way to address the world. As the saying goes: put your best foot forward. Be ready for anything with no expectations. Remember: expectations breed disappointment.

“We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.” ― Bill Watterson

Where are you now? Are you sitting at your desk at work? Are you sitting at home with your computer or laptop or smartphone? Where are you now? Be thankful for the life you have. It can all be gone without a moment’s notice. Life is too short in the big scheme of things. We are here only for brief moment so it behooves us to enjoy it before it is all over.

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.” ― Maya Angelou

Be present to your friends. Be present to you coworkers and your boss. Be present to your family. Be there for them as they would be there for you. Let go of anxious thoughts because they take you away from the world around you.

“Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour.” ― Walt Whitman

Be happy now. Not later. Not someday. Be here now. Live for today.

Originally published at www.jordanaubryrobison.com on March 3, 2014.

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