Life is today.
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift. That is why we call it the Present.
We all know this and yet we spend so much of our life energy mulling over what’s in the past or worrying about what the future holds. We get caught up in the minutia of life, losing sight of the bigger picture of what’s actually important.
How often find do you find yourself making decisions based on your past? Let the past be in the past. Learning from our past is a positive position but remaining in it and letting it define our happiness and outlook is weakening. It only leads us into a pattern of useless repetition and doubt.
Try your best to stop focusing on the future. Mark Twain said, “I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.”
So much of what we worry about never happens, yet we spend countless hours and huge amounts of energy battling future problems. Notice how much time you spend in the future and gently remind yourself to return to the present.
How much energy would we free up by living more in the now? How can we optimize the time we have?
According to the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, on Tuesday we practice the Law of Karma. So it seems quite fitting that I find myself writing this today. Karma is not a concept of consequence and retribution, as many people believe. Instead it represents the path you place yourself on each day, which in turn creates the foundation of your life. Where you stand today is not based on coincidence or fate. It has been created by every step you have taken in your life. The love you have shared, the relationships you have embraced, the people you have forgiven, as well as those you have turned away from, along the way. Every choice you have made has lead you to this very moment. Therefore Karma refers to the totality of our actions and the reactions that they create in our daily existence.
Embrace today in a way that will shape your tomorrows and release your yesterdays. Living in the past keeps you from fully experiencing your life right here, right now.
Don’t let it define your life. Don’t let it steer you into your future.
Let today define your path.
What action can you take right now that will move you forward? Begin by witnessing your life and the choices that you make.
Always start from a place of thanksgiving; truly appreciating all the pieces of your life that have touched your heart and the heart of those you love.
Then ask yourself two questions: What are the consequences of this choice and Will this choice bring happiness to me and to the people that I love? The answers to those two questions will clarify if you are acting in alignment with your values and your true path-the path that will shape your tomorrows and leave a string of happy yesterdays for you to embrace when you do look back.
Each day we create our life. Like an artist holding a palette we create our world with each decision that we make, with each path that we choose to explore or not explore. Live your life each day and respect the power that you have to create your world.
And on a lighter note a quote from Dr. Seuss:
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”