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The present. I keep waiting for it to be gift wrapped.

If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present. -Lao Tzu

I usually post with frivolity or rants. I’m not one to wane all philosophical. And can I just say, those Easterners have a corner stone on the inspirational posts. Must be all the zen-ness. Ghandi, the Dali Lama, Confucius…

This quote made me think of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. A beloved book of mine growing up. When I would read it to my kids, I would cry at the end. As much as you like it as a child, you never realize it’s importance until you are a grown up. You need to live  the years of maybe some regret, some lack of perspective. Some selfishness. To realize opportunities that passed you by. To realize people maybe you didn’t appreciate as much as you should have.

So today, I will enjoy the present. I’m going to enjoy it even if it comes in a Target plastic bag or a paper lunch sack. Not all presents come wrapped like Martha Stewart demonstrating the beauty of paper made from pressed wild flowers. Maybe the present is wrapped in the Sunday Comics section. I like to imagine it in a Cartier ring box. But that’s okay. Sometimes it’s just a ratty old gift bag Aunt Edna has re-gifted many times over.

However your present comes to you today, make the most of it.

“The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.” ~Alice Morse Earl

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  1. If most people could really do this, they’d be happier and less stressed out. Good post.

  2. Honestly, I have been doing this for years. Haven’t had a ulcerous condition since 1998 despite considerable hardship. Two of the wisest pieces of advice I’ve recieved during my career/life have been:

    1) Control what you can control and let the rest take care of itself.
    2) Don’t take yourself too seriously.

    Simple and highly effective guidelines for life. Just relax and let go of the nonsense.


  3. fetch water, chop wood. lovely post. continue…

  4. I came to your blog first thing this morning to get a laugh before starting my brutal day. I found this post; it spoke to me in so many ways today. It’s time to get up, move forward, and be thankful for what the good Lord has given me.