The quote above is often attributed to Bob Marley, though more likely the expression was first coined by Roger Miller, a popular US country singer and song writer, best known for the hits ‘King of the Road’ and ‘Dang Me’. Whoever said it, it captures something.
It is a reminder to try and live in the present, not in the past or the future, to be in the moment and to accept it for what it is, neither good nor bad. Marcus Aurelius the Roman Emperor wrote in similar vein:
‘If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”
Such self-awareness and grace allows us to focus on what is going on right now and to make the best of every situation to the best of our power and ability.
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