So often we wear ourselves out unnecessarily when we spend our energy anticipating the future rather than living in the present. To anticipate bad things is obviously detrimental to our serenity. It is also needless, since most of the things we worry about never happen. Even if some of them do occur, it is easier by far to deal with real disasters than with imagined ones.
Anticipating future satisfactions can also be detrimental to our serenity. If we are living for an event or condition which is yet to come, we are not completely alive to what is here now. We may build up some future pleasure in our minds to such an unrealistic pitch that the actual event is bound to be disappointing.
Accepting the here and now is what ensures our sanity and our serenity. Reality is rarely more than we can manage, it is our anticipation of the future which is unreal and dangerous.
“It only takes a minute .”