Pun intended…hopefully you caught that.
I’ve learned a countless number of life lessons over the last year or so, yet I can safely say that most of them pale in comparison to the following:The present is the only one of the 3 “tenses” that ever really means a damn thing.
And the reason for this is quite simple – the past is always behind us and can never be changed. The future hasn’t even occurred yet, nor is it guaranteed. Therefore it logically follows that if life has any meaning or significance at all, it must be in the present!
This isn’t to say that the past is worthless…
To the contrary, the past can be a wonderful teacher, allowing us to learn from our mistakes and course correct when needed.
On the flip side, the past can linger like a mental prison sentence, causing us to relive painful moments and consequently, recreate similar pain in the present. It is for this reason that we need to learn how to move on. And what’s the best way to do that? You guessed it – by learning to recognize the power of the present.
The future is also far from being without merit…
The prospects of a better future can motivate us to take inspired action in the present.
The future is also the arena in which our visualizations come to fruition when we rehearse them in our mind’s eye.
However, just like the past, the future can be equally harmful if we don’t consciously choose our thoughts. It’s far too easy to succumb to our fears and worry about all the things that could go wrong. Worrying is part of human nature and is something we all do from time to time. But have you ever stopped to think about what “worrying” really boils down to?
Worrying is using our powerful minds to visualize some future state or event that we DO NOT WANT! And since we know the weight our visualizations can carry, especially when charged with powerful emotions (in the case of worry, this emotion is almost always FEAR), why would we ever do such a silly thing to ourselves?!?
The answer is that we wouldn’t. Not if we are living consciously in the present moment, anyway. This is yet another huge benefit that stems from being more ‘mindful’.
To briefly recap:
- The concept of ‘time’ as we earthly humans know it consists of the past, present, and the future.
- The past is gone and only really mattered back when it was indeed, the present. It’s simply now a relic that will be stored away somewhere in the archives of our memories.
- The future isn’t here yet, and quite frankly it may never be. None of us are guaranteed to see next year, next month, or even tomorrow.
Therefore we must learn to make the most of the present, realizing that it truly is a gift.
Only when we learn how to do this do we free ourselves from the chains of yesterday and the fear of tomorrow, becoming one with our Source and unlocking our latent potential to be the best that we can be.