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Birthdays & Three Tenses

  1st (real) snow of the season this morning.

1st (real) snow of the season this morning.

Birthday. Twenty-eight. Grateful.

Every birthday presents us with a chance to look back and decide how we feel about our years on earth.

I couldn’t always use the word “grateful” to describe my feelings towards my time down here. Mostly I’d feel “regretful”. Too many mistakes, not enough accomplishments, a lot of wasted time.

I’ve spent many of my years looking backwards. Lamenting over things that can never change. Only recently have I found the ability to look forward. To be energized by life’s possibilities.

But keeping an eye on the future comes with its own price. It’s easy to find yourself blind to what’s happening right here, right now.

What we need most is a healthy attachment to all 3 tenses: past, present, future.

Many will plod through the days focusing too much on one (or even two).

But life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future. – On the Shortness of Life, Seneca

And that’s when a mind loses its balance.