There comes a time in everyone’s life when they realize that they have been around for a very long time and have a huge past that can sometimes haunt them, and a lot shorter future that can frighten them. Then there is that present time, you know, the “now” of our lives that we just seem to have trouble living in. Maybe that’s because we like to torture ourselves over and over about our past mistakes, and are just afraid of the unknown future. Whatever it is, it can suck the life out of us, and it serves no purpose when it places negative energy on our journey.
The past of your life is just that, and there is nothing you can do to change one little horrible thing that you did, or was done to you. Take responsibility for the bad you did; forgive those that hurt you. Use your past as a teaching tool to become the who you are supposed to be, and then let it go and move on. The anguish you feel comes from the ego, but we all know that’s because the ego has nothing better to do.
The future is an unknown and when you are young, you just can’t wait to get there, and when you are more mature, it can scare the hell out of you. But it is just the unknown, something that may or may not become your now, so it’s pointless to worry about something that isn’t even here. Your life is constantly in motion and changing. You don’t have a crystal ball and therefore have no idea what is going to happen in the next moment, let alone the next decade, until it arrives in the now.
All you ever have is right now. Realize that no matter how awful your past is it all had to happen to move you along on your journey, and bring you to the point you are today, and it will continue that way. Don’t let your past and fear of the future steal away your now. Just let it go and be present in your life enjoying every moment you are alive. Remember, suffering is not a requirement for a good life, but happiness always is.
Embrace Your Now.
“You cannot find yourself in the past or future. The only place where you can find yourself is in the Now.” ~ Eckhart Tolle