GATEWAY TO HAPPINESS
CHAPTER EIGHT LIVING IN THE PRESENT
8.1 The importance of living in the present. The cause of much sadness and suffering for many people is not their present experiences. Rather they cause themselves pain by regretting and resenting the past or worrying about the future. By living in the present, you save yourself much needless emotional pain. Keeping one’s mind on the present is important because it is necessary to concentrate on our studies and prayers. Just being aware that you frequently fail to keep your mind in the present can enable you to increase your ability to do so.
Every moment can be viewed as new.
Viewing the world as created anew will preserve its freshness in your eyes.
To overcome your negative habits, view each day as if it is the first day of your
life. Have a fresh view of things each and every day. (Rabbi Yeruchem Levovitz; Daas Chochmah Umussar, vol. 3, p.183)
Yesterday you may have had difficulties dealing with a situation, but today is a new day. Perhaps today things will go better. Yesterday you might have felt discouraged, but today look at life anew and try once more. Yesterday you could not overcome some of your faults, but perhaps today you will be successful.
Past, present, and future.
There is an old saying: The past is no more. The future is not yet. And the
present is as fleeting as the blink of an eye. (Chochmah Umussar, vol. 1, p. 452)
The present is the only reality and it is exceedingly short. Being aware of this can make it easier for you to live an elevated life. You need do what is proper for only a short time, that is, the present moments, which race by exceedingly fast.
2. The past is only memories; The future is but illusory hopes; Focus on the present; for that is where your life really is; And it consists only of tests. (Michtav MaiEliyahu, vol. 3, p.306)
LIVING IN THE PRESENT