One day at a time--this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering
Ida Scott Taylor
SUPER SATURDAY! We are new everyday
The feelings that the dawn of a new year brings are varied, to be sure. We look forward to new experiences, new relationships, new ventures, new opportunities and new hopes in the coming year.
We all want something new. We like shiny, fresh, pressed and crisp, but I think we need to be cautious in handling the new things that may enter in our lives, taking care, not to make the same mistakes that were made in the past.
The beginning of the year is a time for thinking afresh. We make lists for ourselves at New Year's of things we'd like to improve about our situations, homes, attitudes, health, education, etc. But if we focus too much on the negative aspects of our lives, we shouldn't be surprised if we find that we're stuck in a rut and can't get out, that our experiences don't seem any better, or that we don't have the will to move forward.
When we have cobwebs in our house, we get a broom and brush them off of all the nooks and crannies that they occupy and we look forward , we experience all the present goodness that surrounds us continually. Put in this light, it seems odd that we would ever choose to look at the cobwebs (mistakes, failures, disappointments, regrets) and focus on the past.
As I strive to live totally in the present, I find that each moment can be filled with something new. We cannot just cover up the old with the new, we have to stop holding onto the past. The past is the past. It's gone.
Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.
Living in the moment we are aware of the good that is already present in our experiences. The new year invites us to create something new each day – the newness of love, of joy and often of endurance. To live for the day is to live always new.