IT’S BEEN A STRESSFUL FEW MONTHS. The past has been on my mind a lot, featuring nostalgia, regret and loss, and I worry about the future. That combination keeps me from being present, and, ultimately, happy. It’s been something that I’ve battled since…I was young a kid, really.
A few weeks back one of my best (and smartest) friends gave me some great advice:
“Everyday, the following phrase goes through my mind, ‘my life is full of amazement and I’m grateful.’ Never take life for granted. It’s always changing. That’s why life is so amazing. The past is 20/20 vision in the rear view mirror. It’s behind you. If you don’t look forward, you’ll miss what’s ahead for you.”
“Don’t look at the future nor regret the past. Be in the present. Practice mindfulness. Your life is rich – but do you FEEL it?”
“Stop and appreciate your life, then build on the parts that bring you happiness, satisfaction, self-awareness and joy. These are the gravy days – you’ve worked hard to create this amazing life. Always remember, you bring happiness and joy to others.”
All the self-help advice books, advice, reading, etc.; all the time and energy spent (and wasted) stressed about the past and future…moving forward really just comes down to a couple of short paragraphs.