Too Much Rearview Mirroring

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In browsing some of the articles I have written, it has become a bit apparent that a significant portion of them focus on hindsight…the rearview mirror view of life.

The Past has its lessons. The past can enlighten today. The past can show a better road for tomorrow.

But it is the Past. It is done. And too much looking into the past is like only focusing on the rearview mirror…it shows you where you have been but there is no magic to change it and perhaps only looking backwards makes it hard to move forward.

And then I’ve penned some articles about the “Present” though written about events that have been experienced. For instance, the notes about adventures with my grandkids (note to self, need to jot more of these down). They are Present events that are recalled shortly after they occur…which transports them into the Past.

Writing about the Present is impossible because each moment zips by. I mean this writing is happening in the Present but by the time I get to the end of this sentence, it is the Past again.

So, writing about “The Present” is somewhat impossible since each moment passes and is viewed in hindsight.

That leaves the Future, which is influenced by events and thoughts of the Past and the Present. It is shaped by our Values, Vision and Mission in life. It is molded by things under our control (internal thoughts and external experiences) and occurrences outside of our control (external factors). It is a Dream albeit a constantly changing Dream. As Robert Frost wrote “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” The path to our visioned future may change or be diverted for a bit.

So, what’s the point of this diatribe?

It’s written to remind myself that no matter what the past teaches me or how I envision the future, I only ever have this moment.

Right. Now.

Sometimes I take This Moment for granted. At times, I allow shadows of the past to block out the light of the present. I focus on what could be and what was, and forget this second, this minute, this hour.

And that’s a shame. Because for every forgotten present Moment, I miss the opportunity to really enjoy everything and everybody around me. I forget to be grateful for the little (and big) things that are happening right now. And before you know it, it has become the Past.

And without awareness and mindfulness, years have gone by.

So, this is a reminder.

To enjoy Now while capturing a glimpse of the lessons of my life and the visions of my future.

And embrace whatever path I have chosen to walk on.

Because Now, Today, this Moment make all the difference.