BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, December 30th, 2010 by Richard Carlson, PH.D. in DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

“Many people live as if life were a dress rehearsal for some later date. It isn’t. In fact, no one has a guarantee that he or she will be here tomorrow. Now is the only time we have, and the only time that we have any control over. When our attention is in the present moment, we push fear from our minds. Fear is the concern over events that might happen in the future—we won’t have enough money, our children will get into trouble, we will get old and die, whatever.

To combat fear, the best strategy is to learn to bring your attention back to the present. Mark Twain said, ‘I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened’. I don’t think I can say it any better. Practice keeping your attention on the here and now. Your efforts will pay great dividends.”

           Richard Carlson, PH.D., in “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff”

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