Wherever you are, be all there.
He has a problem living in the here and now. Being actively, painfully, joyfully engaged in the immediate moment is, for some reason, not natural to him. It seems he’s more comfortable griping about the Past or fretting about the Future. As a result, his contact with his Present degrades into mere necessity; a road he must pass through, albeit thoughtlessly and passively, as he vacillates between Past and Future. Today’s travails, celebrations, and personalities are dwarfed to insignificance by his preoccupation with the haunting permanence of Yesterday’s regrets and the hovering mischief of Tomorrow’s uncertainties.
At all cost he must labor to cease this sadistic wallowing in the Past and futile projections into the Future. He must fill his Present absence by collecting all of himself–bringing together the parts hostaged by the Past and Future–and focusing his whole being in living in the Present. Why? Because the potency of life is in the Present. In the Present, the lessons and insights of the Past can be crafted into gems and weapons. In the Present, the unknown nature of the Future can become a wellspring of hope and challenge.
Oh that he would learn to live in the Present. Oh that he would learn to live.