I own two hard copies of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations and an audio version. I probably listen to his words at least once a day.
On quote always stands out to me…
“No one can lose either the past or the future – how could anyone be deprived of what he does not possess? … It is only the present moment of which either stands to be deprived: and if this is all he has, he cannot lose what he does not have.” – Marcus Aurelius
This might be such a common idea as to be a banal platitude. But read it once more.
As I pass it through my mind over and over I occasionally catch the feeling of freedom.
With each passing year, I collect more things that I feel I’ve lost.
I’ve lost the wild adventures of my twenties. I’ve lost touch with good friends. I’ve forgotten the chords to the songs I played in that band for six years.
I also fear losing the future.
I fear I’ll lose the relationship I have with my daughters. I fear my love of Half and Half is going to get payback in a massive heart attack in my forties.
But Marcus Aurelius had it right. We can’t lose either the past or the future. All we have is right now. This exact moment. The past is gone. The future hasn’t happened.
What if each day we do our best to minimize our fear of losing what we don’t have?
We do that by realizing all we have is the present.
Nothing can take that from us.