Sometimes we all just need a good quote about living in the moment to make it through the day.
Here are my favorites:
“Never allow waiting to become a habit. Live your dreams and take risks. Life is happening now.”
I like this quote because it reminds me to get off my behind and just do something. Over the course of my life there have been times when I have gotten much too comfortable just allowing things to happen around me and not taking control of my actions. Get out there and do it, even when it’s scary. No regrets.
“I realize now how fragile life is and how important it is to live in the moment because we never know when that moment will be taken away from us.” – Diane Bykowski, Hospice Volunteer
This quote really hit me hard. My mom died on Christmas Eve 1999. Her and my dad had come to Spokane on 12/3/99 to watch the Little Mermaid on Ice the following day. I had planned to stay with them at my grandma’s that night but got to the house pretty late because I had gotten a Sim City game in the mail earlier that day and prioritized playing the game over getting to my grandma’s house. But I did end up going and got to spend that evening with my mom.
The house was all decorated for Christmas (my mom’s favorite time of year) and I remember her being just so happy. We had planned to go to a 50% off sale at Value Village early the following morning and I wasn’t feeling well so I went to bed before everyone else. And I didn’t tell my mom I love you before going to bed. I thought about it though. I laid in bed debating whether or not to get out of bed and say the words but chose not to. It was cold, I was already in my pajamas, I would see her in just a few hours after all.
When I woke up the next morning my mom wouldn’t. She was breathing, and I tried to wake her up but she wouldn’t wake up and my dad said that she was probably just tired, to let her sleep and just go to the store; he would let her know that I had left and she would meet me there.
I shopped, and she never came, and I went back to my grandma’s house. My mom was still in bed and still breathing. My dad told me to let her sleep but I knew something was wrong and so I got water and sprinkled it on her face. When she still didn’t wake up I called 911.
My sister and almost 2-year-old nephew got to Spokane a little later and we went to the Little Mermaid while dad stayed with mom at the hospital. It wasn’t until we got to the hospital a couple hours later that I learned that breathing does not always equal okay and that she had most likely stopped breathing at some point during the night for long enough to cause significant brain damage and then spontaneously started breathing again.
My mom was in a coma for the next 20 days. We took her off life support on 12/19. I am thankful that I had those 20 days with her in the hospital and believe that she could hear and understand me. I spent the morning of Christmas Eve alone with her in the hospital room while my dad and sister and other family and friends met with the doctors. It had taken me that long to get up the courage to say the hard things; to let my mom know that I would keep her memory alive for my nephew, that I would make sure that dad didn’t just throw her stuff away (she had asked me to make sure about this the month before when I was home for Thanksgiving), and how very much I loved her and would miss her.
She passed away a few minutes later right after my dad and sister came into the room while I was holding her hand. I love you mom. And I miss you very much.
We just never know what is going to happen in the next moment. We must do what is right and what matters in this moment- it is all that we really have.
“When you try to control everything, you enjoy nothing. Sometimes you just need to relax, breathe, let go and live in the moment.”
This is the quote that I need to remember when things get super stressful and crazy at work. I can’t control all the things. I can only do my best and mentor those I work with so they can do their best.
“Live life for the moment because everything else is uncertain.”
See above…we only have right now, this very moment.
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this.” – Henry David Thoreau
I do think I get caught up at times with looking forward into the future and possibilities too much. While it’s vitally important to set clear, strong goals, to plan and to have a vision for the future, it’s also important to not miss what is right in front of us with an illusion that the grass is greener someplace else. I also think this is important in spiritual terms as well. I don’t believe I have the answers to what awaits us after this life. It may be something, it may be nothing. All that I do know is that I’m here on this Earth right now and that my choices today matter for the life of the planet and for my grandchildren. Since I don’t know, I feel I can’t rely on someone or something to save us from ourselves.
“Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
Yes! I will strive to observe and be grateful. To try to not wait until something is gone before fully appreciating it.
“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snowflake…” -Francis Bacon
I love this quote. There is something about it that gives me all the feels. When I first met my husband, I made it clear to him that while I’m happy that he is financially responsible and a saver, I am not willing to wait until retirement to get out there and see the world. He was hesitant, but we’ve made travel a priority in our relationship and I believe that we and our kids are better off because of it.
“The biggest mistake I made as a parent is the one that most of us make, I did not live in the moment enough. this is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of my three children sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing; dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less.” -Anna Quindlen
Speaking of the kids…I have three step-boys. The youngest was three when his father and I met. The boys came to live with us shortly after (the youngest is now 16 and has lived with us for the past 13 years). And this quote hits me hard. Does every parent feel this way? I’m not sure but what I do know is that now that we have three grandkids I am doing things differently and making an effort moment to moment to both pay attention and to give my undivided attention to these little ones.
“Nothing is worth more than this day.” -Goethe
This was the saying I had stamped onto the bracelet I had made and wore while my best boss, then mentor, and finally one of the very best friends of my life was in the hospital fighting bone cancer. We had traveled together for work often and had many philosophical conversations over the years. He had always said that he didn’t want to be a burden on the medical system or on his family financially if anything ever happened to him. When he was in the assisted living facility during his final days, he would often say to me, “Allison, what I now know more than anything else is that I want to live. I understand now why people fight for this.” What I know for certain is that my life was changed for the better because I knew this incredible person.
“In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.” -Abraham Maslow
Safety isn’t necessarily bad, but in order to grow we have to take risks and do the scary things.
“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” -Oprah
This is another good quote for those work days when I’m not sure that I can take the stress for even one more minute. I just need to breathe and remember that right now everything is okay. Our pain comes from remembering painful moments in the past or from imaging how painful things could become in the future. Right now we are okay. Breathe and lean into that reality.
“As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life.” -Gautama Buddha
I love planning and looking forward to what I’m going to do in the future. The true risk to this is that I have a tendency to miss what is right in front of me while looking ahead.
How to Live Your Best Life Now
It is my hope that these quotes help you to come back to the present moment and recognize how amazing it is that we even have just this very second, right now, on this earth. What an incredible gift we’ve been given!
Did I miss your favorite living in the moment quote? Please comment below and share if so and let me know what living in the moment means to you.