live in the present


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live in the present

To pay attention to and appreciate one's current situation or the events currently happening in one's life, without being overly focused on or distracted by the past or future. I just wish you wouldn't be stressing about money so constantly and would just live in the present a bit more—we've got a pretty wonderful life, and we always manage to make ends meet. Instead of living in the present and dealing with issues that actually affect us today, the president seems to prefer to spend her time castigating her opponents for things they did 10, 15, 20 years ago.
See also: live, present

live in the present

Fig. to deal with contemporary events and not be dominated by events of the past or planning for the future. Forget the past; live in the present. It was no longer possible to get Uncle Herman to live in the present.
See also: live, present