Carry today’s burden, not tomorrow’s

Today’s Wego health topic: Write about what helps you to stay centered in the present.

This is a challenge for me, too often I dwell in the past:

My life was so much easier back then
I accomplished so much when I was healthy
I wish I could feel that way again
I wish I could do that again, I love doing “____” (fill in the blank) and I can’t do it anymore
What if I had done things differently, would I be healthy now?

Too often I dwell in the future:

Will I be like this forever?
When will I get better?
Will I ever get to do “______” (fill in the blank) again?
What will I do if I don’t get better?
Will I ever be able to work again?
What if something else happens?

I regonize that dwelling in the past or the future too much is detrimental to my health. While it is good to make goals for the future, it is important to stay in the present. When I get too many thoughts running through my head, I remind myself to take one day at a time. If I get too overwhelmed with the idea of feeling this way forever, I tell myself I just need to get through that day. Then the next day I focus on what needs to be done that day, and so on.

I love this quote

“We can easily manage if we will only take each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden  over again today and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to carry it.” John Newton

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  1. Dwelling in the past and future are really common for me. It can be very difficult to just be in the present, especially when the pain is very severe… you don't want to be in that moment. Thanks for the reminder to focus on the needs of the present.

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