POEM: Past, Present, Future

Past, Present, Future

The past is the foundation from which we build
The shoulders we stand upon
The inventory of experience stored for our convenience
The pool of wisdom in which we bathe
The present is the current electrifying our wishes
The happening place nearest to everything
Insight of the timeless center of our hearts
A crossroad of acquiring and letting go
The crucible
Of known and unknown
Of fear and hope
Forging things to come
The future is a mountaintop perspective
An end of a long road we wish to travel
A tomorrow yearning to be a present
A dream that knows not sleep
And keeps us waking

Finding a healthy relationship with the past, present, and future can be tricky.  The past can be a place where we are stuck to hurts and disappointments or get lost in nostalgia.  The past can be a rich mine of experience and wisdom to enrich our present and launch our future.  The present is at the very heart of our quality of life, the nexus of both change, through volition, and simple, pure experience through awareness.  Like they say: there is no gift like the present!  Of course, a myriad of distractions, from the past, present, and/or future can degrade the quality of our awareness, and stunt full consciousness.  The future can lure us into our fondest dreams and countless possibilities.  The future can paralyze us with a cauldron of fears.  May you experience a nurturing and joyful relationship with your past, present and future.

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