The Present Moment
BY: T. Franklin Murphy | February 2019
Our present is constructed through our pasts. How we act today largely determines what life will provide tomorrow.
The present moment is exactly what it is. Moments don't just happen; they are constructed. At the foundation of each moment, lies all the proceeding moments. We can fiercely fight the present but not reject it; the moment still remains—just as it is.
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As we accept the present with openness, curiosity, and kindness, the questions shift from, "Why did this happen?" to "Being this is the way it is, how shall I proceed?" By accepting the present instead of the bitter fighting of it, we free mental energy for creative responses. We then may use the present to construct a better future; not waste the energy spilling vengeance on the past.
"By accepting the present instead of the bitter fighting of it, we free mental energy for creative responses."
When grappling with the moment, we misdirect productive energy projecting blame, building resentments, and wallowing in self-pity. Our life flow could be utilized more productively blazing a path to a flourishing future. When feeling helplessness against the challenges of the present, we get discouraged. We may sorrowfully revisit the past choices to identify where the drifting began, some wisdom is gained through reminiscing; but regret also looms there. Reminisce with kindness, not self-condemnation; we are human, frail and imperfect. Time traveling to the past must be done with care to discover better how to better act in the present.
Present moments may not be exactly as we would like, but each moment is richly endowed with wisdom from the past and opportunity for the future.
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