Do you ever have moments when you suddenly flash to something that happened before, and you realize it because of that incident that you’re in the current moment? I had one of those moments today, and it troubled me to realize that the only use for the past is to provide a constant running accounting of reference points to the future. But you can never know what will be important. You don’t know, when you make a decision, whether it will have some enlarged positive or negative effect in the future. And this is why it is important to try to live consciously every moment of every day, so you keep yourself on the right track to your goals. That includes keeping your thoughts positive and directed to where you want to go. That kind of attention to living can be exhausting. But I think the alternative is much worse.
I learned this today while buying a salad.