86,400 Golden Moments // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is mystery.
Today is a gift – that is why it is called the present. (Bishop Desmond Tutu)

Yesterday has come and gone — it’s over. It has passed. That’s why it’s called the past. You can’t go back and get it.

Some people try to live in the past, but that doesn’t work out too well. You can never recreate “the good old days.” Once they’re gone, they’re gone forever. You can’t go backwards into the future. Besides, “the good old days” weren’t nearly as good as you think. Selective memory make things seem better than they really were. Dad used to say that many folks are like an English lesson: they make the past perfect and the present tense! Now, it’s fine to visit the past from time to time. In fact, we all need to go there occasionally. A thoughtful look backwards helps us to process today’s experiences. Recalling positive times brings satisfaction. That’s good. Reflecting on painful situations brings wisdom. That’s good too! Overall though, the past is like the dumps of Tijuana – an interesting place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.

The Future:
The worries and fears of tomorrow can rob us of today’s joy. Anxiety is like a treadmill. It keeps you busy for a long time, going nowhere! There’s nothing wrong with looking forward in anticipation. It’s fine to make careful plans concerning your future steps. However, most of our fretting is just wasted energy. Have you noticed that most of things we worry about never happen anyway?

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