If we are all the time obsessed with our past mistakes and uncertainty of future, we will be afflicted with powerlessness that leads to what-is-the-use attitude. The fact is that the past and future are mere illusions. Today is God’s gift to us, so we should enjoy it.
Anyone who desires joy and peace should live in the here and now. No doubt, we should cultivate the habit of living with the moment. Forget the future, you are not in control there. Let all your responses respond to the moment. Do what is immediate. Thus if you don’t fritter away your energies in pining for the past and future, an incredible cosmic energy will cooperate with you in miraculous ways.
If we are all the time obsessed with our past mistakes and uncertainty of future, we will be afflicted with powerlessness that leads to what-is-the-use attitude. The fact is that the past and future are mere illusions. Today is God’s gift to us, so we should enjoy it. This is evident in the following lines by the famous poet H. W. Longfellow:
Trust no future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead past bury its dead!
Act, – act in the living Present!
Heart within and God o’erhead.
Dale Carnegie wisely remarks: “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” Today is life. We should live today with enthusiasm without mourning for the past and worrying about future. “No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy the sunlight today, mix good cheer with friends today, enjoy it and bless God for it. Do not look back on happiness or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated out of it” (H.W. Beecher).
Our life is full of numberless pains and setbacks that ache our heart. At times, we feel the futility of struggling on. This is due to the fact that we are unable to enjoy the dawn and sunlight today, and mix with our friends with joy inside. We must stop pining for the past and future. Spend a few moments now thinking about the beauty and glory of today and present moments. Don’t let your joy be darkened by past failures and uncertain future. Thus joy will pour through you and out to others.
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