Where are your thoughts today?
There’s a quote that I hear quite often, I don’t know who originally said it: If you have one foot in yesterday and one foot in tomorrow you are pissing all over today!
Eckart Tolle has a book called The Power of Now that is fast becoming a classic, because he is right, Now is indeed quite powerful.
Living in the past has the effect of limiting our todays. When we base current actions on things that happened in the past, we are shutting the door on new opportunities. How much of your behavior today is based on things that happened when you were a child? Do you think that perhaps you might, as an adult, percieve those things a bit differently if they happened today? We look at things that happened in the past and say to ourselves, “I’m not going to do THAT again, look what happened last time!” Yet everything today is different than it was last time. You are not the same person that you were when you were a child, a teen, a young adult, or even ten years ago. Things change.
And, things change according to your thoughts about them. Stop thinking those limited thoughts and start thinking some new ones, here and now, today!
Living in the future has a different, but no less damaging, effect. Another name for living in the future might be called worrying. Worry ruins your todays. Worry accomplishes nothing. Well, nothing positive anyway. Worry does have the effect of helping us to have a false sense of power. If you are worrying about something, you can feel temporarily powerful, after all, if you don’t worry about it, who will? Someone’s got to do it! No one has to worry. And like living in the past, worry will destroy your today.
So, today, look at where your thoughts are. If they are somewhere other than today, bring them back to the here and now. As the Buddhists say, live in the moment. Fully experience your now, right now. Then go it again in the next moment. Without regretting the past or worrying about the future, nows have a tendency to be pretty joyful, and when you string together a bunch of joyful nows, I think you find that life is a blast!