“The present moment is where we need to operate. When you are truly anchored in the present moment, you can plan for the future in a much better way. Living mindfully in the present does not preclude making plans. It only means that you know there’s no use losing yourself in worries and fear concerning the future. If you are grounded in the present moment, you can bring the future into the present to have a deep look without losing yourself in anxiety and uncertainty. If you are truly present and know how to take care of the present moment as best you can, you are doing your best for the future already.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh, Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm
As my daughter continues to try to find ‘normal’ amid the aftershocks while staying with a coworker’s family, I am continuing what seems to be a recent personal theme of resilience – of finding our inner strength. And I turn to the clearly spoken wisdom of Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, who is currently recovering from a 2014 stroke, for this week’s quote.
Photo of Sirius A taken by Hubble Space Telescope – image from HubbleSite.org