There’s always something on our minds; the task at hand, what we want to eat in a couple hours, what someone said this morning. A few weeks ago, I was walking home from my kindergarten job along, the river, to the next bridge, where my house is. I was feeling a lot of stress about my life. Working one job early in the morning and finishing another job rather late at night was starting to take it’s toll. On weekends I was too exhausted to enjoy the time off, and I usually ended up being unpleasant for my wife by the time Sunday evening came. I was also not impressed by the amount of money I had to give to my in-laws, on top of what Korean culture was dictating, even with a child coming. Anyway, the point I’m getting to is that not much of my attention was being focused on the moment, walking home. It was the first week of nice, warm weather. The sky was clear blue with a few bright, passing clouds. The cherry trees were full of buds, just about to open into their their elegant, white petals. Everything at that moment was perfectly fine. All of my problems were entirely in my mind. At that moment, none of them were real.
Of course, situations will arise, but that’s the moment to take care of them. By taking care of each moment, the future will take care of its self. If there’s something that must be done now, do it! Then, simple things, like walking home along the river on a perfect Spring day, can be fully experienced, without being deluded by thoughts and worries. There’s no reason to be thinking of the bad things that happened in the past either, they are finished. I have an easier time with this one, but there are still times that I memory springs up from apparently nowhere. The best thing to do is not react to it. Don’t waste your energy feeling guilt or regret. Don’t attach another thought to it, just let it go. Eventually, it will fade and disappear entirely.
Right now, everything is fine. There’s nothing to worry about!