Lao Tzu once said, “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.”
I think about this quote a lot, and it has been a reminder for me to always bring myself back into the present. It encourages me to acknowledge that I have no solid capacity in controlling my future because the reality is, no matter how much I plan, the future will always be uncertain, and I’ll never know what might be coming my way. The only thing that remains constant is the little gifts that are already within my grasp.
It’s true, the future can only be shaped by the things that we do today, but even then, we can still never be quite sure. Take this year, for example, I’m sure many of you have had amazing things planned, some might be planning for a wedding, some might be planning a trip to Bali, and others, plans to grow their business - but now that we are in a lockdown which nobody could have ever predicted at the beginning of the year, the best step forward is to take the day as it is, and celebrate the transcendent beauty of each hour, at home, with our loved ones.
It is always when we keep thinking and worrying about our future that we forget to enjoy the journey we are in. Which is such a shame because the journey is the best part of it all.
Try and live consciously and set your intentions toward being present for yourself, and for your family. Focus on your small daily achievements and express gratitude over everything in your life (be it the fresh air that you breathe, the food on your table, or even the warm showers that you get to have) this will help you stay grounded, and move forward as the day passes. You’ll then begin to realise that the only thing you will have any influence over is in the minutes that you live in, not in the yesterday, nor tomorrow.
When you find yourself fretting about the future, and forgetting to live in the moment, remind yourself that every day that goes by is lost to you forever.
So focus on your breath, fully experience the moment you're in, notice your surrounding, and be at peace.