Why did I say that? Why did I neglect to do that?
What if I fail my children? What if I mess up my marriage?
Too many days have I spent wallowing in regret over the past or consumed by worry over the future. An intentional life demands that I live fully here, fully now, accepting the present moment for what it is.
I am neither in the past nor yet in the future. I am in this moment and it is all that I have right now. What can I do to bring peace in this moment? What can I do to encourage, comfort, or extend kindness? How can I fill this moment with joy - or find the joy already present in it?
What can I do in this moment to live the life I desire to live? to be the person I desire to be?
Rather than dwelling on past regrets, can I...
- seek healing?
- find gratitude?
- repent and move on?
- apologize to someone?
- engage with my children?
- perform an act of kindness?
Instead of worrying about the future, can I...
- make a plan?
- take action?
- begin a project?
- invest in a relationship?
- focus fully on what I am doing?
- engage all of my senses in the moment?
A life spent living from one moment to the next cannot co-exist with a life of past regrets or future worries. My journey towards a more intentional life has forced me to choose between the two, and I choose the former. I choose a life of presence and gratitude over regret and worry, and it is good.
Breathe. Embrace the moment.
And then move on to the next one.
for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own."