Monday, July 25, 2011

A French Saying

Recently I heard that the French live for today while Americans live for tomorrow.  While I’m sure this is a generalization of a culture, I do believe Americans live more for tomorrow than today. 

I wonder if it’s healthy to continually be focused on tomorrow. 

As an adult it can be incredibly difficult to live in the present.  We all have obligations and goals so our minds are frequently focused on the future.  At the same time if we continually ignore today, then what’s the point of focusing on another tomorrow?   

Do you live for today versus tomorrow? 

14 comments:

  1. I think our problem is that are never content. I believe that is the heart of the issue. I struggle with this a lot sometimes. I love to live in the moment, but I am a worrier... so tomorrow is always on my mind. Or next week, next month, next year... retirement! ha ha (okay, maybe not the last one... well, only sometimes) You get the point. :)

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  2. I think this shows how Americans work too much with too little vacation time. Most people here get like 2 weeks and over there they take months off! I think having a good work ethic is great, but like you said we're always focused on retirement or the future. We forget to just enjoy today!

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  3. I think it's easy to worry about tomorrow and what you don't have yet living for the moment and celebrating what you do have it sometimes lost. My husband and I were just talking about this concept this weekend! Recently found your blog and it's super cute!! You've got a new follower!


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  4. I'm not proud to say that I'm more of a 'tomorrow' being...always planning, always thinking, not giving in to spontaneity enough :-( Sometimes when I notice how 'crazy' I'm becoming, I literally stop and force myself to stay in the present. I'm not always successful but I think it's always worth trying.

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  5. I wish I always lived for today. And I try my hardest to, but being in long distance (as you can understand), I'm always just looking forward to when I see the beau again. But once I'm in those moments, I just enjoy it (and don't think about tomorrow). Make sense?

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  6. Great post TV! I think that as much as we would like to live for today, the pressure of what will happen in the future if we are not prepared comes into play. Poeple want to know that they have saved and can take care of themselves in the future, so it takes away from today. I hope you are doing great! We have the big birthday in the morning. I can't believe my little one is going to be 5. Have a great night my friend!

    Mama Hen

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  8. great post :)

    YES, I totally think we should all live in the present MUCH more! We are all bad about this, but embracing each day and each moment is priceless!!!

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  9. For all of my life until the past few years I was a tomorrow liver. I lived for my next vacation, my next purchase, my next date night, my next job...but, then with the birth of our daughter and the decline in my husband's health I learned rapidly the importance of living simply in today and for today. I rarely even make many plans these days, I don't count down the days to the next vacation. I'm just savoring the simplicity of my family being together. I gotta be honest though...I kinda miss being the great planner that I was...I'm horrible at planning and staying on top of things now. WIsh it didn't have to be one or the other! lol

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  10. I have to say, I think I'm guilty of living for tomorrow. I can't help it: tomorrow I'm having cake for dessert!

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  11. I hope I live in both. My husband feels the same about Americans. We're always working so hard to make tomorrow, next week, next year, the next decade to be better for ourselves. I don't see the work ethic as negative but I think sometimes we all need to get a little shake to see how nice today really is. Great post!

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  12. I try I try I try to live in the present. It really helps lessen anxiety I think.

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  13. I have to force myself to live in the present. Seems like there's always some task waiting to be done. It helps if I think about what I actually NEED to do and not WANT to do. The WANT list is a mile long!

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  14. I've been living for today more and more. It really does help decrease anxiety...I also find it's easier to have gratitude when you're focused on the moment and what you have right now. I do think the French are right on this one...We are never promised a tomorrow.

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