Back in the day, so much of my time was spent thinking about the past or worrying about the future.

Over the years, I’ve continued to cultivate a “staying present mindset.” Nothing particularly brilliant about it. Just the act of staying present in the moment and not living in the past or always looking into the future.

Sounds easy, but can be quite a challenge for me.

I miss so much of what’s going on right in front of me by doing so and I don’t like it. Always looking forward to moments that haven’t happened yet rather than investing in the here and now. I think a lot of us do it.

The problem is, before we know it, our lives are going to pass us by because we’re unable to engage in this moment and only focus on an illusion of time.

If we can’t understand how to do this, watch a child play. There is no sense of time involved. They just engage. Leave it to the grown-ups to tell them they have to head to the car. Their job is to commit to the here and now.

As should we.