Monday, April 1, 2013

an enjoyable past

One evening on my way home from work, I found myself pondering about the question of living an enjoyable life.

Basically, once most of your life was done with, the only way to say that you had lived an enjoyable life was to look back on the moments past. As long as you had a good stretch of enjoyable moments, you were likely to say that life was enjoyable. But how are these moments of the past created? Well, each past moment was once a present moment. But it is past, so it might as well be forgotten about. All that leaves is the present and the future. The present is rapidly becoming a past moment, whereas the future is richer in stock of moments waiting their turn to become the present. Of course, the future could be shorter or longer -- no one really knows when it will well up.

So what does all this mean? It means that a good part of living an enjoyable life is in enjoying the present. This because, as stated above, the present is becoming a past moment, at which point it becomes up for our assessment of whether we had an enjoyable life.

So let's create an enjoyable past -- or an enjoyable life -- by enjoying the present more often while we still have it.

One Friday night a few ago, I was hanging out with my buddy Edgar on one of our several nights out in the city.  I asked him something like when the best moments in his life were and where he was at the time.  He responded, "Right now, right here."  Simple yet deep.

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