Begin this day – and actually, everyday – with this mindset: “This is the day that the Lord has made”. The statement is from the Bible (Psalm 118: 24) but you don’t have to be Jewish or Christian to affirm that every new day comes as a gift. Time is not one of our creation.
But, there is a lot we can do about the second part of the statement: “Let us rejoice and be glad in it”. This is a call for action, and in fact we can paraphrase it and make it personal: “I will let myself rejoice and be glad in it”. It is a personal decision. It is a decision about mindset.
Obviously, every day we face situations and circumstances. Sadly, most of the circumstances and situations that scare us are informed of the past. The truth is, yesterday is history, today is a gift and that is why it is the present. Let us face today in the light of today’s available information and knowledge rather than past judgments (in other words, without judgment).
Remember, if you begin the day with the mindset that you are facing opposition from the whole world, or your co-workers, or the system, or life in general, you will create defensive, suspicious, resentful and even bitter energy which will reflect of everything you experience today and bounce back with even more negative force. On the other hand, if you chose a mindset of acceptance of a good and pure day that positive energy will create more positive force in facing today’s circumstances and situations.
So, make up your mind today, and every new day. That is what it means to live in the present.