In A Course in Miracles, we are encouraged to look lovingly upon the present, for it holds the only things that are forever true. Focusing on the past, we experience anger, sadness, or regret. Focusing on the future, we experience anxiety, stress, or fear. It is only by focusing on the moment that is available to us now that we can fully experience joy, love, and peace.
Our past is important - it’s gotten us here. We need to know where we’ve been and what we’ve learned so we don’t repeat our mistakes. We also need to look ahead; we need to feel the motivational pull of our big visions, dreams, intentions and goals.
But when we are overly preoccupied with what has happened or what will happen, we miss what is happening now. So, yes! Pursue your dreams and create meaningful intentions and goals. Just remember that life is a journey, not a destination. As you hurry through each moment to get to the next one, don’t miss the beauty of what is unfolding around you right now.