My friend Inge Sengelmann is a wise woman and gifted psychotherapist. Recently, she posted this on Facebook:
Simple advice. Live in the now. One foot in the past and one in the future creates a lot of imbalance.
So true! Long-held regrets for past mistakes or missed opportunities can keep you locked in self-pity. The dreadful “If Only” road is a dead end street that leads straight to depression. Just as joy-robbing is the worrisome “What If” highway. Travel this dark route and you’ll find nothing but paralyzing fear, panic, and stress along the way.
Yes, we learn and grow from our past, and we plan and prepare for the future. But true peace and happiness is always found today – in the present moment . It’s the key to finding your balance, as my feathered friends demonstrate.
Most 12-Steppers will recognize this beautiful Sanskrit proverb. Read it slowly and mindfully, and allow the energy of the words to awaken your spirit today:
Look well to this day, for it is life, the very life of life. In it lies all the realities and verities of existence: the bliss of growth, the glory of action, splendor of beauty. For yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow only a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day, for it and it alone is life!