It is so easy to become so occupied with the future and completely forget that we have the present.
First of all, thanks to radio personality Vicki McKenna for her Facebook posting today (the title for this blog). According to the ancient Mayan calendar, today was to be “The End Of The World As We Know It.” Unless some major catastrophe strikes within the next few hours, it looks like we may have more time on our hands to enjoy. And here is my point, enjoy the moment! It is much too easy to dwell on the past and/or fret about the future. All we really have is right now.
My father said it beautifully to me: “All we can really do is make memories, so make sure you make good ones.” I have always tried to do just that.
But, don’t just take my word for it, others have said it more eloquently than I.
“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living.” ~ Dale Carnegie
Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. Charles Dickens
Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A preoccupation with the future not only prevents us from seeing the present as it is but often prompts us to rearrange the past. Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind
I don’t think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present. W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Eckhart Tolle
Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy. Sarah Ban Breathnach
The time is now, the place is here. Stay in the present. You can do nothing to change the past, and the future will never come exactly as you plan or hope for. Dan Millman
I decided not to let my past rule my future so I decided to change my present in order to open up my future. Dr. Ana M Guzman
There are fine things which you mean to do some day, under what you think will be more favorable circumstances. But the only time that is surely yours is the present, hence this is the time to speak the word of appreciation and sympathy, to do the generous deed, to forgive the fault of a thoughtless friend, to sacrifice self a little more for others. Today is the day in which to express your noblest qualities of mind and heart, to do at least one worthy thing which you have long postponed, and to use your God-given abilities for the enrichment of someone less fortunate. Today you can make your life – significant and worthwhile. The present is yours to do with as you will. Grenville Kleiser
Children have neither past nor future; they enjoy the present. Jean de la Bruyere
Music lives in three tenses at once. Developing what comes before it in the past, it engages us in the present, and inspires our hopes for its future. Warren Benson, Professor of Composition at The Eastman School of Music
Present fears are less than horrible imaginings. William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 1, sc. 3
Present mirth hath present laughter; what’s to come is still unsure. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act II, sc.3
The only use of a knowledge of the past is to equip us for the present. The present contains all that there is. It is holy ground; for it is the past, and it is the future. Alfred North Whitehead
The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance, and so relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty. Seneca, Roman dramatist, philosopher, & politician (5 BC – 65 AD)
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