The past is filed away in a cabinet or computer to be accessed when needed to give us information we may need but keeping that file open in the present is the road to unhappiness.
The future is a blueprint – a concept, an idea, a way of deciding what is important to pursue, but living in the future is the original virtual reality.
The present is currency to be spent now or lost later. It’s the only place that life truly exists – the only place that brings happiness and gratitude at the same time.
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” — Kierkegaard