He went on, "They have no idea of the past. When they are born they just find themselves here. Once they are here, the baby just 'is,' they appreciate everything in their life and all the people that love them. Then I thought of the newborn born with a handicap. They have no idea that they are handicapped. They just find themselves here too and enjoy all the people in their life that love and care for them. Then I thought of me and that's when I realized that I was just born an old man. I don't need to concern myself with my past, I can appreciate where I am right now and everyone in my life who loves me today."
What a great way to start each day. Thinking this way instantly eliminates all my regrets and 99% of what I beat myself up over. Imagining what it would be like to have just woken up today, born a new with no reference to the past seems to put everything in perspective. I become extremely grateful for everything in my life that I tend to take for granted. I am going to remember this one so that the next time I feel bad about a missed opportunity or an old regret I can remind myself that - it's time for me to grow up and appreciate life like a baby. This gives an entirely new meaning to "acting like a big baby," doesn't it?
Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That's why it's called the present.