How Powerful is it to Fearlessly Live in the Present?

I have made choices in life, done things I am not proud of. I should have known better; I should have done differently. I should have been someone else. I try not to regret what has happened; I can’t change the past.

Yet “if only” runs through my mind from time to time. If only I had gotten an education degree, maybe I would be a teacher now. If only I had stayed in better shape, I wouldn’t have to work so hard to get back into shape now. If only I had known how to invest better when I was younger, there’s a chance I could retire earlier. If only I had known my worth, perhaps I would have married differently.

What would my life be like now, if only?

Sometimes self-doubt has held me back, halted my progress. Am I good enough? Am I smart enough? Am I strong enough? What if my ex says something? I try not to jump the gun; it’s not good to act prematurely.

Yet “what if” invades my thoughts sometimes. What if I fail? What if they laugh? What if they realize I don’t know what I’m talking about? What if they decide they don’t like me? What if he retaliates? What if I lose everything?

Regret lives in the past; fear exists only in the future. In any given moment I have limitless possibilities to experience right now, without dividing my attention to what has already occurred and may happen. So from this point forward I will focus on today. I will leave the past behind me. I will worry about tomorrow when it comes.

Today I will celebrate this moment. Will you join me?

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This post is in response to the daily writing prompt Premature

24 thoughts on “How Powerful is it to Fearlessly Live in the Present?”

  1. I was thinking a bit ago, where is lady wisdom, and you showed up. All I can say here is “YOU GO GIRL”. I have been there and said basically what you said, Did it work for me? I am happy and I can care less what others think, I answer to me and my GOD. Hang in there and you can be who you want to be.

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  2. I was thinking the same thing lately in my own world – it is so easy to look back and wonder. But you’re right – I like the idea of leaving the past back there and not being afraid of tomorrow. And live for the day!

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  3. We all have moments of regret and wonder “what if.” These are great learning opportunities although many are painful. You are worth enjoying life and moving on. I applaud your efforts to forget the past and focus on today. You are renewed and starting afresh. I’m glad we can do that regularly. We’re with you!

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  4. I totally think that you need to live in the now. Worry not about what might have been if paths were different, when you do that your life as you know it changes. And those that you have touched, those that you have helped would be poorer for not knowing you. 🙂

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