Sometimes we think about the past. Sometimes we look back with nostalgia, sometimes with guilt, and sometimes with regret.
Sometimes we think about the future. Sometimes we look ahead with hope, sometimes with fear, and sometimes with foresight.
Help us learn from the past as we should—but don’t let us try to live there.
Help us plan for the future as we should—but don’t let us try to live there.
Help us instead to live now. Help us to live in this moment.
It is, after all, in this moment that we are alive.
Help us be fully alive in it.
Help us be fully present in what is happening now, fully involved in what we are doing now, and fully attentive to the people we are with now.
Thank you for now.
Help us make full use of it.