There's No Time ...
Maybe you thought I would complete the phrase by adding, ". . . like the present." Nope, I simply just want to express that there is no time. I'm not gonna try to be Einsteinian or something and say that time is an illusion because I'm not at that level of perception. However, whenever you plan for the future, you're making an assumption that the time will be there. It's pure imagination. The time that you think will be there for you doesn't actually exist. It's only a flimsy thought in your head.
And here you may be thinking, "Robert's going to get all cliche on us again. He'll dive right into some banal truth like Live life to the fullest or Live each day like it's your last." Nope, but I will say that there's a lot of truth here:
Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
The worst could very well happen. Why? Because there's no time. What is perceived as the worst is only a perception of limited time, i.e. time is only hope. It is a construct of projecting hope into the future. Disaster and calamity bring us full force back into the present moment, where, by putting one foot in front of the other, we move through adversity. Wonder why depressed, hopeless people kill themselves? Because they do not have the tools to create time for themselves. Therefore, they experience only an agonizing present moment of despair.
When you hope for the best, you mentally create your future. Yet the worst will rob you of that, and when it does, the only hope you'll be left with is that you had done something to prepare you for present pain robbing you of future gain. Then you'll be tempted to live in the past and to wish that some different action had been taken to affect a different outcome. And then what do you do? If you are able, all you can do is:
Weather the worst by hoping that present action will lead to the creation of time.
You have to learn to put hope in what you are doing right now. And now. And now. As you do that, the hope will grow. Hope will create more hope, an expansion of time. If you think you have all the time in the world, you may be tempted to sit back and do nothing in the present. Again, an illusion of time. Likewise, if something terrible happens to you, you may get stuck in the past, trying to figure out how things in the present might have been different. You'll be too caught up in what was to do anything about what is. More sitting back and doing nothing. Not only is there no time like the present, there's no time in anything but the present.
Time really is a relative thing. It does not exist out in the world. It is a product of our circumstances, our action or inaction. Time is only action and how that action is perceived by you. Does the action give you hope or does it steal your joy?
You'll only create action through action, so in the present moment, be mindful of what you want to create. Take a step that you hope will bring about an action that you will respond positively to. If something great happens, you'll link your steps together and find a pattern of progressing time (and hope), which you'll be tempted to project into the future. If something destructive happens, you'll think back to the past and try to figure out what went wrong as time collapses on itself and forces you to be present..
A present regret is a present past.
A present hope is a present future.
A present action is a regretted hope, a hoped regret, the birth of time, yet no time at all.