moment, right now, is the only moment over which you have
any control in your entire lifetime. And right now,
just a moment later, another moment has arrived--and the
first moment, during which you read the first sentence
here, can never be gotten back again.
here and right now, your life is very rich. There
are many sights and sounds and tastes and smells to
experience, if you choose to do so. Or there's work
to be done towards which you can put your full attention
and effort. Or there may even be something slightly
interesting to read with this moment. As long as
you're aware of what you're doing and not worrying about
something from tomorrow or regretting something from
yesterday, you have a very good chance of getting the most
from this moment--and thus a very good start on getting
the most out of life. For life, of course, is a
progression of moments, and how we live each moment will
eventually determine how we live our lives.
breathing right now--regularly and deeply, without needing
any helping apparatus. That's something for which I
can be grateful. But I can be grateful only if I'm
conscious of the fact that my breath truly is a gift, for
without that conscious awareness there really is no living
in the moment. Without the awareness of what
surrounds us and what we have, how can we possibly be
grateful for the gifts we've been given?
past is gone--let's leave it where it belongs. The
future isn't here yet--we can plan for it, but let's deal
with it when it gets here. Life is about right now,
and when we can live our lives focused on the right now,
they will become rich indeed--and our positive influence
on others will grow stronger still.