Living in the moment is a hard concept for many of us. I am a daydreamer and a worrier. My mind is constantly wondering to the woulda coulda shoulda moments. Last week I even found myself saying “I wish I was 20 years younger!”. This was in reference to karate training – of course training would be easier if I was younger.
Days later I thought about that statement – it doesn’t make sense really. I’m spending time wishing for something that’s not possible instead of living in the moment. There’s a reason why I didn’t find karate until now. Twenty years ago I would not have been mentally ready for the training I’m receiving now. I also strongly believe that I’m meant to be where I am at this moment. It’s no coincidence that I walked into that dojo at this point in my life.
My dad sent me an email last week that talked about living in the present. “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” (Author Unknown):
There are two days in every week about which we should not worry, two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension.
One of these days is YESTERDAY with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. YESTERDAY has passed forever beyond our control.
All the money in the world cannot bring back YESTERDAY. We cannot undo a single act we performed; we cannot erase a single word we said. YESTERDAY is gone.
The other day we should not worry about is TOMORROW with its possible adversities, its burdens, its large promise and poor performance. TOMORROW is also beyond our immediate control.
TOMORROW’s sun will rise. Either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds – but it will rise. Until it does we have no stake in TOMORROW, for it is yet unborn.
That leaves only one day –TODAY. Anyone can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when we add the burdens of those two awful eternities, YESTERDAY and TOMORROW that we break down.
It is not the experience of TODAY that drives people mad – it is the remorse or bitterness for something which happened YESTERDAY or the dread of what TOMORROW may bring.
LET US, THEREFORE, LIVE BUT ONE DAY AT A TIME.
Many of you have set new resolutions or goals for 2016. I hope that this little food for thought will give you some inspiration in achieving those goals. I know that living one day at a time with one step in front of the other is a concept that many of us need to work on.
Enjoy the journey!