This Pressing Moment
I believe that only one person in a thousand knows the trick to really living in the present. Most of us spend 59 minutes an hour living in the past, with regret for lost joys or shame for things badly done, or in the future, which we either long for or dread. Yet the past is gone beyond prayer, and every minute you spend in the vain effort to anticipate the future is a moment lost.
There is only one world, the world pressing against you at this minute. There is only one minute in which you are alive: this minute, here and now. The only way to live is by accepting each minute as an unrepeatable miracle. Which is exactly what it is...a miracle, and unrepeatable.
Strength is an elusive and mysterious thing - or is it? I think it's just misunderstood. I think that our strength is constant and powerful, but it is our failure to acknowledge this unfleeting inner strength that gives us the illusion of weakness or helplessness.
When we aren't present and we are instead anticipating or worrying about the future, it is extremely weakening. It takes our minds and our focus from the present moment, and forces us to instead invest our energy in the illusion of "what's to come."
Pause for a moment today and consider how much life energy you are using to think, plan, or anticipate the future. Consider how much energy you are using to regret or replay the past. Then consider what you could do with this very moment if you invested all of that energy in the now, in what is, instead. Whether it is really truly listening to someone when they're talking to you, or being completely engaged in a sport or yoga class, or hugging someone honestly. Acts done with true presence can change your day or someone else's.
It is this potential that makes every moment a miracle.
Imagine what you could do with an entire day full of miraculous moments. That is the truth of strength: It only exists right now. You are already stronger and more powerful than you could ever hope for.