“He who spends time regretting the past loses the present and risks the future”
Francisco Gómez de Quevedo
We cannot move on from where we should be. We can only from where we are.
As exciting as they are, the “where I should be” and “what I should have done” are holograms without substance which disconnect us from the power of the present. They do not belong to reality, they vanish as soon as one tries to touch them. And that’s exactly why these ideas prevent us from moving ahead … You cannot build on the vacuum, on a veil of smoke.
The only possible starting point is where we are. Only by accepting the present can we change it.
Live the present, live in the present. Stick to the reality, the here and now, the authentic. The only thing you can be sure of. Be fully into what you do, enjoy the moment as it stands, do not “set your sights on the stars”. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. In brief, be fully here, now and appreciate all that goes with it. This is the key to a successful travel. Too often we leave our greatest asset, our presence to the world, become contaminated by affective charges that drive us away from the reality. Be yourself at all times, in permanent and full contact with yourself.
Try a 24 hours experience. During this time, try not to miss any of the pleasures the present will offer, paying attention to the more vivid as well as to the most insignificant moments of your day. When opening the shades in the morning and seeing the sun, when sharing a moment with your loved ones, when playing with your kids,… Be fully present and involved in these moments: contemplate, feel your surroundings, the nature, the reflection of the sun in the sea at sunset, the amazing taste of the fruits you eat, the freshness of the sea on your skin, enjoy the wonderful laughter of your child happy to spend this moment with you … In brief do your best to enjoy the reality of your present, that contact with yourself going through with the outside. Always remember the miracle of being “here”.
Repeat this experience as often as possible during your day. Being in touch with yourself and with your reality is the most difficult thing to preserve. Our daily lives lead us to consider all things as usual, normal, as a routine in which one’s “self” is forgotten. But the real wonder is to be here and able to appreciate as a gift every single moment even if it seems seemingly insignificant.
“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why we call it “The Present”- Eleanor Roosevelt
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