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One of the virtues of the very young is that you don't let facts get in the way of your imagination.
-- Sam Levenson


Friday, August 2, 1996

Live in the present

Live in the past and you’ll be full of sadness, anger and guilt. Live and the future and your life will be filled with fear, worry and anxiety. The best way to make a difference in the world is to live in the present.

What can you do to make sure you’re living in the present?

First, be aware of what’s going on. Ask yourself, “what am I noticing?” Be curious. Look at what’s going on. Constantly take inventory of the world around you. Then, ask yourself, “what am I learning?” and “what are my current options?” Finally, ask yourself what you can do differently as a result of what you’ve observed and what you have learned. This will force you to focus on the present -- on what’s going on now and on what you can do about it.

There’s nothing you can do about what has happened in the past, and the future will be empty unless you commit to living in the present. The here and now is the place to make a difference. Make a habit of taking notice, learning and adapting. Don’t long for the past or put off your life until the future. The time to live your life is now.

— Ralph Marston

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