is present in my life, right here and right now?
What's demanding my attention and my concern and my
compassion at this moment? If I truly want my future
to turn out well, then I can make sure that I do all that
I can to take care of this moment's demands.
many times have my days started out poorly because I still
had to take care of what I neglected yesterday?
Perhaps I was distracted or I found something else
"more important" to do. No matter what the
reason, today's tasks now have to be put off because I
have to finish what I didn't do yesterday.
many times have I realized today that I didn't fulfill a
promise that I made yesterday? In addition to having
to spend time dealing with it now, I also have to deal
with the realization that I might have broken a promise to
someone who means a lot to me.
I can't tell you how many times I've seen people on
vacation with no reservations who have to drive over a
hundred miles to get a cheap motel room, simply because
they spent almost no time actually planning their
holidays. Their vacation once was a tomorrow, and
with some "generosity toward the future" could
have been beautiful; instead they find themselves
frustrated and angry and unhappy with their current
I want to do my best to make my tomorrows as positive as
possible, there's a very simple recipe: make sure
that I'm not avoiding what needs to be done today.
My "generosity toward the future" can help me to
make my life very positive by giving me very positive
todays, day after day. After all, my present moment,
to a great extent, depends upon how generous to it I was