As I Write This Title I Am

The thought is not to dwell in the past, or in the future,
but to learn to live every moment in the present,
giving full attention to what is happening second by second.
I’ve heard that.  It sounds nice.  Sometimes I do it.

But I do live looking back on the past,
I thought, therefore I was, reflection, recollection, re-evaluation,

and I do live looking toward the future,
I will think, therefore I will be, of speculation, dreams, guesses,

so I have not lived in the immediate moment many times, I’m afraid.

I wonder what I’ve missed, not paying passionate,
one-hundred-percent attention to every second of my existence,

or maybe have I had a richer experience thinking of the past or future,
than I would have had I been completely absorbed in the present?

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