Please add the immediate context and a link to your example. And show research: a Google search for "in the moment" quickly turns up 'How to Live in the Moment: 8 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow www.wikihow.com ›. › Emotional Health › Happiness & Optimism How to Live in the Moment. Living in the moment is all about living like there's no tomorrow.' – Edwin Ashworth Dec 10 '14 at 11:19
There's a composer talking about his work life and he says: "I totally believe in what I'm doing in the moment" It's Cambridge's Complete CAE book – Martin Dec 10 '14 at 11:30
I'd say that means something different from "I totally believe in what I'm doing at the moment / at this point in time". Urban Dictionary has: In The Moment: You are characterized as “in the moment” if wherever you are, whatever you are doing, your mind and body are right there as well. I'm liking UD more every day. // Collins Cobuild warns against confusing the expressions: 'Be Careful! Don't say 'I'm very busy in the moment' or 'I'm very busy in this moment'. – Edwin Ashworth Dec 10 '14 at 11:56
"At the moment" means right now. For example, "He's asleep at the moment".
"In the moment" means with a special focus on the present time. For example, "living in the moment" means paying special attention to what you're doing at that particular time, as opposed to looking back on the past or planning for the future.
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I remember thinking that people don't enjoy their lives enough. This article is a call to action-- live in the moment!
"Live in the moment." We've all heard it before, but not many people actually take these words to heart.
Truly living in the moment means: 1) not putting off what you really want to do; 2) not fretting over the past or dreading the future; and 3) savouring the very fact that, right now, you are alive! Now, I'm not saying that people who live in the moment are unprepared for what comes next in life. You can still live in the moment and be a good organizer. You can still address the world's problems and try to fix them. And yes, you can still apologize when you make a mistake, as we all must do at some time or another. But while you do whatever matters to you, do it whole-heartedly and without a doubt. Living in the moment is important because you'll overall be happier than those people who slap themselves in the face when they slip up.
People who live in the moment also have more motivation to get outside, have an adventure, and do kind things for others. Who doesn't like to see the smile on another person's face when you compliment them?
Here's an example. Let's say you've been wanting to go on a bike ride to the park and have a picnic for a long time now. Yet every time you ask yourself, "Do I want to go now?" that familiar sensation of self-doubt comes creeping in and you put it off. Maybe you want to “save your energy” or “it’s too late in the day”. Most reasons, however, for not doing the things you want are unjustified. If you decided to go out after all, you could have a wonderful time! In fact, you’ll probably gain the motivation to do it again and again!
So why not live in the moment? It seems like one of the keys to life happiness. You can really have fun! But it isn’t so simple; we’ve got to go to school. And even once we’re finished school, we’ll be expected to go to work! This gets in the way of living in the moment because you can’t do what you truly believe in and enjoy, plus the fact that your teachers won’t exactly understand your motivations for staring out the window and “savouring the moment”. In short, social norms and rules try to bring you down. My advice: don’t let them. You can still savour the moment— still enjoy your life— despite the fact that you go to school. Walk into that “dread building” with confidence and happiness. In other words, make yourself enjoy your school life—it makes up for 6 hours of your day!
It wasn’t always as difficult to live in the moment. I find that the more technologically advanced a society becomes, the less likely we are to live in the moment. Think about animals, for instance. They have responsibilities in their lives, but they still know how to live in the moment. For example, if there was an elephant who wanted to help her friend, she would have no reason to put it off. She would help her friend right away! Animals have no wristwatches and alarm clocks, nor do they have schedules and timetables. These human-made devices keep us in such timely order that it’s easy to forget about what matters in life—enjoying yourself, helping others, being connected to the world around you, and so much more.
When somebody has a difficult life, they may dismiss the idea of living in the moment. Instead, they take the easy route: they use escapes. My definition of an escape is anything that takes your thoughts away from reality. Examples include: video games, online communities, excessive reading, excessive sleeping, movies, random Google searches, etc. The problem with escapes is that they really just give you less motivation in life. Let’s say you were a reader—but you were reading all the time, during meals, before school, during school, after school, in the evening—you get it. You may start to find that your enjoyment of life becomes even less than it was before you found this escape. Thoughts like, “What is the point of my life?” and “I’m so useless!” will sink in. So instead of escaping from reality, find hobbies that keep you in this world. Play sports, get outdoors, and spend time with your friends! You can have an awesome life, but it’s up to you to make it that way!
Intellectuals may dismiss living in the moment as daft. But really, it isn’t. Living in the moment is about enjoying life, and isn’t that what life is all about? Life isn’t about studying, or passing the time with boredom busters. It’s about living! When you are old and about to die, you won’t be priding yourself over knowing calculus or Ohm’s Law, or how many Facebook friends you have had. But you will smile when you remember all those evening walks and hours of volunteer work that you did. You will laugh when you think of the time you went to the beach and spilled orange juice all over your new sweatshirt. And your eyes will twinkle when you remember the way your dog used to lick your face.
So don’t wait. Don’t put it off. The moment is now.
This is the moment!
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"Forrest Gump" is a heart warming movie that tells a story of a mentally challenged man's journeys and accomplishments during a very important era in American History. The shy, good hearted character of Forrest Gump was played marvelously by Tom Hanks. Hank's presence on the screen has never been stronger than when he stepped into the role of Forrest Gump. Director Robert Zemeckis uses the movie Forrest Gump to portray a man's life of trials and tribulations with love, friendship, life experiences, and death. Forrest grows up developmentally disabled and in addition has braces on his legs. His disabilities gives the audience the feel of Forrest being adorably childlike and naive even when he is a grown man. The movie shows how a man that seems to have so little can accomplish so much.
The movie starts off with Forrest as a boy growing up in the 50's in a small town in Alabama. While growing up he creates a strong bond with the character Jenny. This is ironic because both Forrest and Jenny did not grow up in a normal environment. Jenny was frequently beaten and raped by her father. Zemeckis uses Jenny and Forrest's childhood friendship as the starting block for his most important relationship in the movie. Jenny would be Forrest's drive in life as well as somewhat of a life teacher. Throughout the movie Forrest gets tied up in different altercations trying to help and defend Jenny from others as well as from herself.
Zemeckis uses random situations in Forrest's life to lead him for the better. For instance while Forrest is being bullied Jenny tells him to," Run Forrest, run!" Forrest then starts to run from the bullies and continues to run through an ongoing football game, passing up everyone on the field with his blazing speed. Zemeckis uses this scene to get Forrest noticed by football legend "Bear" Bryant and an opportunity to play football with a scholarship at the University of Alabama. Through out the movie Forrest is frequently strategically placed into power events throughout American History but marvelously edited to seem as if he really existed in that moment of history. Unique filming and editing is credited to Zemeckis for placing Forrest in actual footage of meetings with Presidents JFK and LBJ. Other powerful instances that Zemeckis allows Forrest to witness first hand are: The Nixon Watergate Scandal, the desegregation of the schools in the south, as well as Forrest teaching an unknown traveler how to dance who would later be better known as the "King of Rock", Elvis Presley.
This movie accurately paints a picture of America from the 50's to the present. Zemeckis portrays the political revolutionary feel and drug use of the 60's and 70's as well as the technological advances of the 80's. The use of actual American History
Hello everyone. I need a bit of assistance proofreading and improving upon my UF essay. I've tried as hard as I could to use great descriptions in my essay, to grab the attention of the reader, and to get my point across, but it seems that I'm struggling a bit with accomplishing my goal. I have written what I believe is the final draft of the essay:
Your essay is a very important part of your application. What you provide helps the university know you as an individual -- independent of grades, test scores and other objective data.
Please submit a 400-500 word essay. You can compose the essay in a word processor and then paste it into the text box or you can type directly in the text box. When you are finished save your work.
You should keep your formatting as simple as possible and avoid using any special formatting; attributes such as bold, italics, underlining and quotation marks can be lost when placed into the textbox.
In the space provided, please write a concise narrative in which you describe a meaningful event, experience or accomplishment in your life and how it will affect your college experience or your contribution to the UF campus community. You may want to reflect on your ideas about student responsibility, academic integrity, campus citizenship or a call to service. (400-500 word limit, 3850 character limit)
The door swung violently open and created a thunderous "BANG!" John came running into my house, tears streaming down from his eyes.
"I don't know what I'm going to do, Sean. I have absolutely no idea. My life is going downhill and I have no idea what I should do."
John has been my best friend for nearly seven years. We were almost inseparable from each other. His parents just got a divorce and the divorce could mean that he would have to live with his father in another state.
"John, you know I've been through a divorce before. Your parents still love you more than anything else in the world and they want to do what is best for you. Maybe moving in with your father isn't such a bad idea?"
John's demeanor dropped. His tear-stained eyes shut closed.
"Help me, Sean. Help me before I ruin my life."
From that point on, I knew the situation was dire; my world turned upside down. I couldn't comprehend the thought of losing a best friend. I tried as hard as I could to placate John in his time of need by talking with him almost constantly for two weeks and by getting him away from his parents.
Three weeks later, John's father gained custody over John and they moved to Nebraska. Subsequently, I lost contact with John.
About six months ago, out of the blue, John added me on Facebook. He sent me a message with the friend request. "Sean, you don't know how well you remember me, but your help through my parents divorce saved my life. I don't know if I would have been living if it wasn't for you."
My heart dropped and a smile emerged onto my face. I've never thought that my actions could have such an enormous impact on someone else's life.
That one experience in my life, as minute as it was, has made such a great impact on my life. Since the day I've saved my best friend from near suicide, I've made a promise to myself that I would try to help others with their problems, because any minuscule thing that I may do to help someone feel better, may end up being the most important thing I could ever do.
My experience with John will carry over to UF. My extreme selflessness motivates me to try to help as many people as humanly possible. My selflessness will also motivate me to be to become a great asset to the UF community. I know that I can achieve success academically and still be able to help students who are in distress. My undying desire to improve other's lives before I improve my own makes me feel important and it makes me feel that I have a purpose in life. By taking time out of my life to help someone else in distress, I know that such an action could bring a smile across a face, or even save a life.
scaremechelle Threads: 2
Author: Michelle Elsaid
I would definitely make the essay as a whole more serious. I agree that you seem to skim over a very serious event. I'd go deeper into detail, explain some more of the story before he goes. You have about 70 words to play with so use them. I don't know about the situation personally, but a place that i could potentially see you going deeper in is HOW you helped him. Give another anecdote besides going to the movie. Going to the movie seems like a very laid back event, to make the essay more serious see if your other anecdote can be a more serious moment. Show more emotion in the essay, tell what you felt while helping him cope, it adds to the seriousness.
Hope this helped.
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Author: Sean Bellafiore
Very much so. I'm rewriting the essay now. I'm flirting with the word limit right now. So I'm working diligently on it. I'm trying to work more seriousness into the essay, and more of my opinion, but the word limit is the thing that is killing me.
'Cherish the Moment'
Our Town by Thorton Wilder
Thornton Wilder, the author of our town, tries to get a very powerful message across during the course of his book. He says at the end of act III, when Emily goes back to see her 12th birthday, "Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it," (108) What he meant by this was, do people ever stop and notice the simple bliss of life, or do they only look to the future for the big events; And when they're gone they realize that they should have lived every moment as if it were going to be their last.
In act I, Thorton Wilder did a good job of showing how many things can happen in such little time, and we, as humans, never even notice them. Describing a day in the lives of the people of 'Grover's Corners,' Wilder depicts a normal town, with normal people, living a normal life, with no crimes or wrong doings to trouble them. These people don't see how lucky they are to be living such a lovely life, and take for granted all the precious things they do not notice. Though we, as the audience, do not see this message until act III, for we too take many things for granted in life.
A few years later in act II, the stage manager says, "This act is called Love and Marriage," for it is about George and Emily's romance and, of course, their wedding. Although the wedding of a couple is supposed to be one of their happiest moments together, Emily and George still are troubled and start to think twice about getting married even though they are obviously in love. George says, " All I want to do is to be a fella-" (78) missing his 'old' life with his baseball buddies already. Of course, it all worked out in the end and Emily and George were happily married, but they should have cherished the moment then and not have been looking to the future and worrying about what was to happen. Cherish the moment, for you will never have it again.
At the end of act III there are several spirits of deceased town's people. Emily, among them, had been given the opportunity to return to a special time in her past as an outside observer. When Emily returned to the time of her 12th birthday, she realized how she had not taken notice to her parents youth or her father and aunt going out of their way to buy her a gift; although at the time she noticed the highlights of the day, such as the actual gift not the thought behind it. The deceased Emily had taken notice of all this and felt that she had not appreciated everything that had happened to her at that very moment. Wilder made it very apparent that we "don't understand" (111) the importance of the things