Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the horrible shootings in Aurora, Colorado. I had thought of having my entire post about this, then decided it would only be my opinion and not necessarily that of everyone. Maybe a mediation about living in the present is better.
One of the conclusions I have come to in my old age is the importance of living in the ever-present now. In the past, too often I indulged in the belief that somehow or other tomorrow would be brighter or happier or richer. - Ruth Casey
How easily our minds jump from the present to the foibles of the past or our fears about the future. How seldom are our minds on this moment, and only this moment. We need to practice, with diligence, returning our minds to whatever the experience at hand. A truly creative response to any situation can be made when we are giving it our undivided attention. And each creative response initiates an even more exciting follow-up experience.
All we have of life, all that it can offer us is here, now. If we close our mind to the present, this present, we'll only continue to do so when the tomorrow we dream of now becomes the present. There are no tomorrows.
I will let go of the past and the future. My only reality is here, now. God's gifts are here, today, right now.