When we focus on the past, we often succumb to guilt and depression.
When we focus on the future, we often succumb to fear and anxiety.
How do I know this? Easy. I spent a lot of years with one foot in the past, the other foot in the future, but no feet in the present.
What did that leave me? Well, to be perfectly honest, not a whole lot to work with.
But when I live in the moment, when I keep my mind planted in real time, I’m UNABLE to think about the past or the future.
Because THAT is all that matters.
The past already happened. There’s no “back” button on the Remote of Life to repeat the past all over again—except for the story we replay in our head. If you think about it, the past is extinct; as extinct as dinosaurs and the dodo bird. It’s not coming back. Ever.
And the future? Well, the future hasn’t happened. In fact, a lot of the fears and worry we experience about what’s to come won’t ever come to fruition.
However, the more we focus on fears and worries, the more fear and worry we will create.
But the more we focus on the present, the harder it is to feel anything but happiness.
Easy for me to say, right? Wrong. There are 86,400 seconds in a single day. If something bad happens during the day, it is only happening in a relatively tiny number of individual moments. If you have a really bad day, and if the amount of horrible moments adds up to an entire hour, that is still 23 good hours in your day.
The moral of the story? Now is, quite literally, the time of your life.