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You only live once!

It happened a few weeks ago, after drafting my reading timetable ahead of the much-dreaded Bar finals when I had this cloak of fear paralyse me. 

It seemed like a huge mountain which had to be climbed. I felt anxiety well up inside me, burst out in tears, and I was surprised to find myself doing so. I cried because of the journey ahead of me. I feared it will consume me.

Isn’t that the way we approach life sometimes? We want to swallow the big chunk of a process all at once and forget to take life in bits and pieces.

Whether you’re trying to get a degree, train for an Olympic gold or start your own business, we all tend to look toward the day when we have finally achieved it. And while that may be wholesome, we forget to enjoy the journey which is often the best part.

Here’s one Trendy Idea for you

Let’s call it the ‘one day at a time philosophy.  It includes living in the here and now, taking each day as it comes because, in the end, all we truly have is now. 

As humans, we get locked in past events and regrets. Others focus solely on future occurrences. When in reality, all we have control over is today – our present.

When next you find yourself straying into the past or future worries, you can nudge yourself back to the present by practising the following. They will help you stay mindful. 

  • Notice the simple things around you – It could be the sun, breeze, or a cackle of laughter because simple things remind you that you are alive.
  • Set achievable daily goals and monitor your progress.
  • Congratulate and treat yourself to the small wins. 
  • Keep a journal, take photos, or make videos to capture memories. 
  • Remember, you only get to live once.

You would realise that taking life one day at a time is the secret to happiness, as it eliminates anxiety.

Charles Kingsley wrote the following: “Do today’s duty, fight today’s temptation and do not weaken and distract yourself by looking forward to the things you cannot see and could not understand if you saw them.”

And I will include these immortal words; Don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time. Matthew 6:34 TLB


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    April 28, 2023 at 10:00 am

    It’s quite an interesting read and it’s bit hard to live in the moment without reflections on the past. Truly, it does take one day at a time and one needs to breathe in the now and not let the past burdens and future fears log its weight on.
    Thank you for the reminder

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