During the Buddhist gathering on Vulture Peak, Siddhartha Gautama (Sakyamuni, the Buddha) asked his disciples: "How long is a person's life?"
"Seventy years," answered one disciple.
"Wrong," said the Buddha.
"Fifty years?" replied another disciple.
"Sixty," declared yet another disciple.
The disciples looked around at each other in confusion. Finally one spoke up. "How long is a person's life?"
Sakyamuni smiled. "Life is but a breath."
There is a saying that goes: "Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why we call it the Present." There's many variations of that same statement. I think one of my favorites would be: "Yesterday is a canceled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have — so spend it wisely." (Do you think that might be because I work in the financial industry?)
Everywhere you hear the push to "live today as if it were your last," or the promise that "you only get today." No matter where you go or what you do, you are seemingly granted a whole day to do as you will with the hopeful wish that you do something amazing with it.
The problem is, today isn't even guaranteed. All you get is now. This moment. That's it. The breath you just took means the you have been given another few seconds of wonderful and amazing existence. When you think about it, you begin to realize exactly how short life really is.
So, enjoy the moment. Make choices that allow you to savor this hour, this minute, this second. Don't get mired in the worlds of the past or the future. Live in the world of now. Wherever you are or whatever you are doing, experience the beautiful things around you and within you at that very moment. It is
Look! You took another breath! Congratulations! You got another moment! Woo-hoo! Go you!