THE PRESENT MOMENT DOESN’T WORRY
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
This morning I awoke with the customary thought that I needed to get busy making plans for an excellent day. The thought came to me, as it habitually does, that if I wanted to be a first-rate person and teacher, I must immediately begin designing ways for that to happen. It was all up to me. I was the boss; if I didn’t arrange excellence for my life, who would? Luckily, a thought came to me that quickly dispelled that nonsense. I remembered, as I made the bed and sorted through the clothes for the day, that this day and everything that happens in it is designed by a far greater power than the feeble creature I call “me”. Some people call this power God or Allah or the Tao, but I often just called it The Present Moment, because the present moment literally contains all the power of the universe. There’s no power that doesn’t arise in the present moment and no event that doesn’t occur in the present. It’s where everything today will begin and end, where all authority will start and finish. The Present Moment, not I, will control, manage, and be in charge of everything today. What’s even more important, The Present Moment will always be perfect. Each moment will be exactly what it is and what it must be. Each moment can’t be any different, no worse and no better, which means each moment is absolutely ideal – just what the doctor ordered. With this in mind, how foolish is it for me to fuss about designing the ultimate day for myself. The fact is that each moment will be thoroughly unsurpassed, no matter what “I” decide to do.