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Never mistake motion for action.
-- Ernest Hemingway


Thursday, August 17, 2000

Be where you are

When you stop jumping ahead, when you stop looking back, it is amazing how effective you can be right where you are. Worrying about the future or regretting the past will drain energy away from you. Set aside those futile efforts and put the power of your being into being where you are.

Focus on the moment at hand, at being your best right here and now. Plan for the future, to be sure, but don’t let your considerable energy be drained off by it. Be aware of where you are, and of where your focus lies. If you catch yourself drifting off into the anxieties of the past or the future, gently pull yourself back into the present moment.

There is so much you can accomplish by doing what you can, when you can. Now is your moment to live. Give your attention and your energy to where you are. Make the very best use of each moment as it comes along by living it to its fullest. Focus on being where you are, and you’ll be in a great and positive place indeed.

— Ralph Marston

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