"All you have is today."

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Post by Sarah_Khan » 05 Jul 2018, 17:25

In this day and age I don't think we can live in the present as much as we want to. Even though tomorrow is never guaranteed, there has to be some part of us that plans for the future, otherwise it's almost guaranteed we will have no future. (Like taking drugs and wasting money)

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Post by Ibeh12 » 08 Jul 2018, 19:43

I think Duke dwelt much in his past, he seemed to not want to let go of it, possibly because he does not believe himself enough to take full advantage of the change that each present moment presents.

I believe in the present because that is the only reality a person can influence.

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Post by prinjeh18 » 09 Jul 2018, 03:48

Everyday is a gift from God, yesterday is a reflection onwards and tomorrow is full of surprises. So, better live with a smile.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 09 Jul 2018, 19:12

I do my best to live in the moment, but I often struggle with trying to mentally plan ahead which hasn't always served me well.

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Post by Faithmwangi » 11 Jul 2018, 04:58

Sometimes I find myself worrying about the future and sometimes the past. Trying to control situations in my mind, trying to plan, when in actuality they may never really happen as planned. And when I think so much about it, that it seems to frustrate me I remember lyrics to a certain song
,"Que sera, sera,
Whatever will be, will be;
The future's not ours to see.
Que sera, sera,
What will be, will be."

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Post by FictionLover » 11 Jul 2018, 07:02

kfwilson6 wrote:
09 May 2018, 20:43
"Yesterday is just a memory and tomorrow is not guaranteed, " Duke told Gary.

Do you think Duke was true to living by this sentiment?
Do you live by this or are you too stuck in the past or too worried about the future?
I have a tendency to worry about the future, but I know many people who are stuck in the past. For me, this is a very valid philosophy to explore in the book.
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Post by Bookwormgirl1 » 12 Jul 2018, 11:49

bwill93 wrote:
10 May 2018, 19:09
I have only read the review of this book, but it seems like an incredible story. In terms of living in the past or future, I think it's natural for people to flip back and forth from past nostalgia to future anxiety or excitement. What I try to do is just live in the present moment. The past is gone, it's never coming back. Learn from it and move on as best as you can. After all, what is life but just one continuous present moment? To me, it seems that if you're not living in the Now then you're not living.
I definitely agree!

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Post by LaurenHaupt » 12 Jul 2018, 20:38

i agree. Let go of the past. It's gone and over with. Live with your mistakes and concentrate on the future
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Post by Mercy Bolo » 16 Jul 2018, 19:29

From this statement, I think that Duke was reflecting on his life and advising Gary to tread carefully and make wise decisions. These words come from a place of love and are filled with good intentions
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Post by Fuzaila » 18 Jul 2018, 02:34

bwill93 wrote:
10 May 2018, 19:09
I have only read the review of this book, but it seems like an incredible story. In terms of living in the past or future, I think it's natural for people to flip back and forth from past nostalgia to future anxiety or excitement. What I try to do is just live in the present moment. The past is gone, it's never coming back. Learn from it and move on as best as you can. After all, what is life but just one continuous present moment? To me, it seems that if you're not living in the Now then you're not living.
Same! I've only read the book. And as for living in the present, I think future and past does play a vast role on how we go about in life. Learning from past mistakes, experiences in our past, and hopes for a future is what influences the way we live our 'present' life. But rather than dwelling on the past or focusing too much on the future, it is important to give heed to what you do NOW. That's the way you live.
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Post by haleygerstenberg » 18 Jul 2018, 10:36

bwill93 wrote:
10 May 2018, 19:09
I have only read the review of this book, but it seems like an incredible story. In terms of living in the past or future, I think it's natural for people to flip back and forth from past nostalgia to future anxiety or excitement. What I try to do is just live in the present moment. The past is gone, it's never coming back. Learn from it and move on as best as you can. After all, what is life but just one continuous present moment? To me, it seems that if you're not living in the Now then you're not living.
I agree with this... we don't have a lot of time, why waste it trying to relive things that are already gone?

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Post by crediblereading2 » 18 Jul 2018, 11:32

Duke is trying his best to be optimistic and to live in the present in spite of all his challenges, he wants to see some positive changes immediately.

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Post by Anthony Martial Tata » 18 Jul 2018, 22:19

Excellent review. I think the book is motivational.

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Post by Northernbird84 » 19 Jul 2018, 05:50

As part of my mental health treatment I am learning mindfulness which focusses around living in the moment. It makes such a positive difference to my life and my health. I love the concept, excited to read this book.

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Post by Anthony Martial Tata » 20 Jul 2018, 14:34

Yes, I think Duke tried her best to live upto the sentiments. The words are inspirational. It provokes the reader to live upto his full potential.

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