Living in the present is an incredibly difficult skill to master. We’re always constantly worrying about future events. I’m so worried that this new job isn’t going to work out. I think I’m going to fail this class. It’s so easy to let thoughts like these consume our lives. If this is something that you struggle with then here are 15 stoic quotes on being present.
“Remind yourself that the past and future are ‘indifferent’ to you, and that the supreme good, and eudaimonia, can only exist within you, right now, in the present moment” – Donald J. Robertson
“You owe it to yourself and to the world to actively engage with the brief moment you have with this planet. You cannot retreat exclusively into ideas. You must contribute.” – Ryan Holiday
“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing.” – Seneca
“Take a deep breath. Get present in the moment and ask yourself what is important this very second.” – Greg McKeown
“Appreciating what you have is the best cure for missing what you have lost.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The mind that is anxious about future events is miserable.” – Seneca
“I’ve come to the point where I never feel the need to stop and evaluate whether or not I am happy. I’m just ‘being’, and without question, by default, it works.” -Criss Jami
“Learn to be indifferent to what makes no difference.” – Marcus Aurelius
“If you make happiness your goal, you’ll be disappointed. If you make presence your goal, you’ll be satisfied.” – Maxime Lagacé
“Stoicism teaches how to keep a calm and rational mind no matter what happens to you and it helps you understand and focus on what you can control and not worry about and accept what you can’t control.” – Jonas Salzgeber
“To the wise, peace of mind is the result of being fine with how things are; to the foolish, the result of things being fine.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.” – Marcus Aurelius
Next time you’re trapped in a cycle of negative thoughts about the future, make sure to use these stoic quotes on being present. By constantly retraining the way you think, you’ll be able to take better control over your life.
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