The Power of Now

This entry is a lot to chew on. I suggest reading it a few times. It’s important to remember that now is all we have, tomorrow doesn’t exist, nor does yesterday. They are both “nows” gone by and yet to come.

Now is one of the greatest words in the world. When I hear the word now, I think of accomplishment. In this day and age, we are a now society, but only when it comes to wanting others to do things for us. We want the fast food in our hands within 3 minutes or we’re complaining. We want popcorn in 2 minutes or less. We want overnight shipping and 24 hour service. I’m not saying these are necessarily bad things, they are what they are, but have you ever thought about your own actions?

Do your actions line up with this now philosophy? Do you find yourself getting things done on time? Do you accomplish the goals you have set within the time you allotted? Too many times, we are lenient on our own goals while expecting perfection from others. Jesus said it like this in Matthew 7:2-4,” “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?” Very interesting question. I’ll leave that for you to think about.

I believe in the power of now in our own lives. Now is all we really have. The past is over. I was listening to Dr. Wayne Dyer today and he made a funny observation. He was talking about the Peloponnesian War (war fought between Athens and Sparta). Dr. Dyer asked the audience to feel guilty about the war. It was after all, a real tragedy, thousands of people lost their lives in a horrific way. Many more were tortured and mistreated. So why then do we not feel guilt over that? The answer is because it happened a long time ago. And the reality is that yesterday is just as long gone as 5,000 years ago because both have already happened and cannot be changed. So we have no right to sit and wonder about the past, because it’s just as futile as worrying about the Peloponnesian War.

The power of now is really all we have. The future as I have said before is yet to be written. Well, that’s not true. The future has already been written. How, you ask? The future is determined by the decisions we make now. See where I’m going with this? I have a question I ask myself periodically if I am feeling cravings for foods I know I shouldn’t have. The question goes like this.

  • If I could choose right now to be fat or thin, what would I choose?

The answer, of course, is that I would choose to be thin. Not too hard, I’m sure all of you would agree with me. Next, I make this logical conclusion.

  • I make the choice to be fat or thin each day by deciding what foods I eat. Therefore, I am choosing to be thin by making the right food choices.

So, when I make the choice today to be thin, I have already realized the truth of my weight loss. Time doesn’t exist. Time is only a tool man uses to organize society. I use it to my advantage by understanding how it works. A decision made today is the seed of tomorrow. Tomorrow is merely the realization of today’s choices. So, I am safe to say I am thin. But wait I hear you say. You are still fat. You’re not thin yet. The observation is correct, but you’re viewing the problem with today’s eyes. Thinking for the future requires one to envision tomorrow. Begin by teaching yourself that you are in control of your life and that your choices bring about tomorrow’s reality. Soon, you’ll “get it”. Everything will click for you. I am here now in this moment and this time, right now is all that is real. And yet my thoughts allow me to see the future, to see how I will look when I reach my goal weight. This is the image I place in my mind and focus on, until the universe takes hold of my idea and works that famous law of sowing and reaping, the law that works just like gravity, and forces my thoughts to manifest by ensuring I continue on in action.

So with the past and future mere concepts, we are left to exist in the playground of now. Whatever we do in life has to happen now, because now is all we have. If you put off going to school now, you’ll only ending up going to school later, which is really just the now of the future. So you will do everything in your life right now, even if the now isn’t the now you are presently experiencing. Now is the best time to do anything, because now is the only time you can do it.

When is the best time to quit smoking? Now. When is the best time to lose weight and get healthy? Now. When is the best time to go to College? Now. When should you expect that miracle? Now. When should you step out in faith and do what you know you’re supposed to do? Say it with me, now. Today, this moment, now, is all we have, all we are. If you don’t do it now, you’ll have to wait for tomorrow’s now, and for what? Why not start right here, right now, and let the power of now inspire you to continue and succeed. You have the power to be, do, or have anything you want if you’re willing to make the sacrifices to get there. And when is the best time to make those sacrifices? You guessed it…

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4 thoughts on “The Power of Now

  1. Awesome Mike. This concept is complex but quite simple when you “get it” as you wrote. I’ve thought about this before, and you put it into words very well. I like the Bible reference too; another thing I’ve thought about a lot. And it seems to me that if a whole plank gets in the way of our vision, we could easily be seeing a speck in another that isn’t even truly there. I really like the combination in this of spirituality, time, thoughts- all intangible things, with what we are able to apply right now, in the day or moment. It’s those little steps or inches, like you said before, which build up toward creating our future…which always is experienced in the present. Today was the future yesterday, as when I was 7 years old. It’s good with God we can stear toward the best future possible. And that it is possible. =) Nice last paragraph too. ~Melissa