We can't change the past. We have no idea what the future will bring. All we really have for sure is this moment.
We hear that a lot these days. It's not easy for most of us to let go of old patterns of living in all three of those times—dwelling on things in the past, worrying about things in the future, and still trying to live this moment as best we can.
I think it's worth trying to be as present to the moment as possible, though. And I read something the other day that really resonated with me—since I do my share of worrying about what might be coming. This was written by Mark Nepo in his The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have.
Speaking of his experiences with cancer, he said: "In diagnosis, I feared surgery. In surgery, I feared treatment. In treatment, I feared stronger treatment. In recovery, I fear recurrence. ... it is the practice of returning to whatever moment we are living now that restores us...."
I need constant reminders in order to do this. And often, I end up juggling all three again. However, as always, it's progress and not perfection that's important. So I keep trying. What about you?