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Most people seem to misunderstand the meaning of living the present moment to the fullest.

They confuse it with immediate gratification, or mistakenly think that to live fully in the present moment means to indulge oneself in every possible form of gluttony or mundane pleasures.

Nothing could be farther from the truth because when we are really conscious of the present moment, we begin to realize that what really matters is not what we do but the purpose behind every little thing we do.

As our awareness, or consciousness, of the present moment increases, so thus our ability to see the futility of immediate gratification, or mundane pleasures, because no matter how delightful these may be, they will always be finite.

The moment that we begin to realize about the Infinite possibilities afforded by being truly conscious of the present moment and what it means to live it fully, we also begin to transcend the mundane, namely, the “need” for immediate gratification.

Then we begin to understand why the richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.

We also begin to understand the fundamental purpose of our existence and why the greatest gift we may have ever received is called a “present.”

I pray that you may live your present fully.

JC Wandemberg Ph.D.

President & Founder

Sustainable Systems International

About the author: Dr. Wandemberg is an international consultant, professor, and analyst of economic, environmental, social, managerial, marketing, and political issues. For the past 30 years Dr. Wandemberg has collaborated with corporations, communities, and organizations to integrate sustainability through self-transformation processes and Open Systems Design Principles, thus, catalyzing a Culture of Trust, Transparency, and Integrity.

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