Tomorrow isn’t here yet. Yesterday has passed. Now is the present moment. And all three of them are always the present moment when we are living in them.
So there is no real space where you and I can change or live in except the one you and me are in right now. And now. And now.
But still we insist on spending much time regretting yesterday. Or fearing tomorrow. That’s normal. But it isn’t so useful.
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.” Buddha
We can’t really do anything about the past. We can learn valuable lessons from it but after that it’s not so important.
And most of the things we fear will happen in the future never really show up. A negative attitude can do wonders to create monsters within the mind to occupy much of your time. So, planning your future is very useful but over-thinking it is seldom helpful.
So much time is lost by thinking compulsively, over and over again, about things we have little control over. And it can create a huge amount of suffering within that is projected and acted out into the world.
And it distracts us – blurs our vision and shatters our focus – and keeps us from fully enjoying what is really the most important time.
excerpt from the book “7 Timeless Habits of Happiness” by Henrik Edberg