The thief of my peace and contentment is worry & regret. Worry has me living in the future. Regret has me living in the past.
NOW IS ALL THERE IS. FUTURE AND PAST ARE ONLY THOUGHTS. We can act now based on information gleaned in the past. We can act now based on plans for the future. WE CAN ONLY ACT NOW!

We can easily manage… if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it. ~John Newton

Eternity is not something that begins after you are dead. It is going on all the time. ~Charlotte Perkins Gilman

No matter how hard we try, we cannot get out of NOW. It always is, and always will be NOW. We live in the present moment. It is the creative canvas that has been (pre-sent) to us as a gift (present) to create joy with. Too much joy is sacrificed in the name of regret & worry. The avenue to peace and contentment lies in the joyful appreciation of the pre-sent present called NOW. Now is when every-thing gets created. Nothing was made in a past moment or future time. All That Is, is, NOW!

Forever is composed of nows. ~Emily Dickinson

When all of our focus and is on what we are doing in the moment, the skill with which we do it increases exponentially. A good move to watch that illustrates this is; “Peaceful Warrior” The Dan Millman Story.

Life is to be lived in the moment. I cannot change the past. If I am doing the best I can “NOW” the future will be the best it can be. Always living for then, means life is passing by only in the mind. The age old mantra: ” when I have this, or when I get that, when I meet her, or get that raise,,,,then I’ll be happy” keeps joy at a distance, contingent upon outside influence.

Be happy for what you see & feel THIS MOMENT, and you’ll see a funny thing happen: You’ll get that raise, meet her, get this, find that. You see, all the conditions we think will bring us joy at some later time, will only come to us if we are expecting them FROM a place of JOY!


When the human organism
is discharging its negative experience efficiently,
the mind is empty of past or future concerns;
there is no worry, anticipation, or regret.
This means that the mind is left open to Being,
…the simplest state of awareness
Deepak Chopra

With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The journey IS the destination.                                           Namaste’


The Pre-sent Present from Divinity


I’ve seen before and ponder later, but I’m doing those things now

They‘re both confined to my abstract thoughts, that the present does allow


It seems no matter where I am, what I do or how I feel

The present moment is always here, it’s the only thing that’s real


Divinity sent it to us as a canvas to create our bliss

Looking at what’s past or yet to come will cause us to surely miss


The pre-sent moment consciousness is infinite for sure

It’s always now & never then though the future has some lure


When we focus on what is truly real, what we see and feel inside

This now may be for planning aspects of our future ride


But now demands our focus, and attention that we not miss

Living in the pre-sent moment is the only path toward bliss.



About positivelyjohn

Philosopher/Poet/Writer/Author Seeker of truth & Meaning
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