Day #227:Your relationship with the Present

Some people believe that tomorrow is likely to be better. Better opportunities, better technology, a brave new day to make a new kind of difference.They live in tomorrow. “I will make that great decision soon”, “my life situations will be better than it is right now and the future will be brighter”.

Others think that yesterday was a lot better than today. Tomorrow represents diminished resources, fewer opportunities, one step closer to the end. They reminisce on ‘the god old days’.

The Chinese say ‘if you have one foot on yesterday and one foot on tomorrow, you will piss on today’. It is important to not ‘piss’ away the present by thinking of the past or of the future. According to Laozi ,

“If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.”

And Henry David Thoreau admonishes:

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”

The present, is a present. Don’t throw it away.

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