So much of the problems we’ve just come out of, the things we’ve had to turn OFF, came from our lack of presence.
We worry about the past, and we worry about the future. Or we romanticize the past and fantasize about the future. Either way, we are not here, we are not now.
And yet, now is the only time we can actually do anything. Here is the only place we can begin to make a difference.
The famous serenity prayer of the 12-step movement says,
“God, give me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change
(Including the future, the past, and what anyone else thinks, says or does)
The courage to change the things I can
(Including what I think, say, and do, in the present)
And the wisdom to know the difference.”