Gary Lerude

March 27, 2021

All We Have Is Today

I find it paradoxical that we can only live in this moment, yet we spend so much of these moments ruminating about the past or planning for — worse, worrying about — the future. Bouncing between the past and future, we lose touch with this moment, then look back at it when it's too late to be present in it.

One of the intentions of my spiritual practice is to be present in the moment, to be mindful of what I am doing. As Thich Nhat Hanh wrote, washing the dishes to wash the dishes.

As my practice too often differs from my intention, I appreciate reminders along the path. Like this from Carl Sandberg:

Yesterday is done. Tomorrow never comes. Today is here. If you don't know what to do, sit still and listen. You may hear something.