How often do you dwell on the PAST? Do you “live” in it or do you “learn” from it? There’s a BIG difference. When you “live” in the past you remain stuck & rob yourself of your present & future. Instead, determine what you can learn from it & then move forward. Sometimes that may mean reaching out for help from a counselor. We all have baggage, but we don’t have to carry it around forever. No matter what your past has been, you can create a better future for yourself & your family.
When it comes to preparing for the future & living in the present, I love this counsel from Thomas S. Monson… “Fear is a deadly enemy of progress. It is necessary to prepare and to plan so that we don’t fritter away our lives. Without a goal, there can be no real success. One of the best definitions of success I have ever heard goes something like this: Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal. Someone has said the trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never crossing the goal line. Sometimes we let our thoughts of tomorrow take up too much of today. Daydreaming of the past and longing for the future may provide comfort but will not take the place of living in the present. This is the day of our opportunity, and we must grasp it. Professor Harold Hill, in Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, cautioned: ‘You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you’ve collected a lot of empty yesterdays’. There is no tomorrow to remember if we don’t do something today, and to live most fully today, we must do that which is of greatest importance. Let us not procrastinate those things which matter most.”
So remember: the only moment for which you have power to act is the present. Only when you live in the present can you make a difference in your life & therefore affect your future. Pay attention to your thoughts this week. Figure out where they generally tend to drift. When you find yourself thinking about something, write it down & label it either PAST, PRESENT, or FUTURE. This exercise will help you recognize where you spend most of your time.
“God doesn’t care nearly as much about where you have been as He does about where you are and, with His help, where you are willing to go.” – Jeffrey R. Holland
“The beginning is always today.” – Mary Shelley
Do it now! can affect every phase of your life. It can help you do the things you should do but don’t feel like doing. It can keep you from procrastinating when an unpleasant duty faces you. But it can also help you do those things that you want to do. It helps you seize those precious moments that, if lost, may never be retrieved. – Napoleon Hill