I awoke this morning with the familiar and somewhat anxious feeling that I “must” do many things today, but, thankfully, before too many minutes passed, I remembered that there is only one thing I must do – and that is be entirely open to and accepting of each present moment. Each instant today will be an infinitely powerful miracle, a unique unfolding of life that has never happened before in the history of the universe. Each moment will be entirely unavoidable (which makes resisting it foolish, even insane) and will reveal itself exactly as it must. It will literally be all there is and will be utterly perfect as it is. So (I said to myself as I brushed my teeth) why not relax, drop all resistance, dismiss all worries about whether I will get 10,000 things or 0 things accomplished today, and happily embrace the only moment there will ever be – the flawless and all-powerful present?
--written on January 4, 2008