Today I have a question for you

October 28, 2016

Should you be focused on the past, today or tomorrow? And why?

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  • Reply David K October 28, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Hi Roberta, good question. My answer is today, always today, on the present moment. Be curious about the past and the future but don’t dwell on them.

    To quote Groucho Marx: ‘I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.’

  • Reply stephrichmond October 28, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Hi, I hover somewhere between today and tomorrow. Working on the assumption that if I do it today, tomorrow will be more relaxed. I do tend to look forward rather than backwards. After all we can’t change what we’ve already done but we can strive to be better in the future. Having said that I enjoy being in the present too, that’s where your happiness is.

  • Reply arunabhdkonwar October 28, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Focus is a vague word while talking about the past, the present and the future because all of them are equally important in their own respects and deserve equal focus albeit in different ways. For the past, the focus is that if the past is worth cherishing, it should be cherished and if not then one should try to learn or try to forget. As of the present, the focus should be working on what one has and not on what one had or would have and one would only find unhappiness if he/she strays from doing so. For the future, the focus is to having a dream that one should be determined to fulfill but also try to hone the strength to handle the situation if, god forbids, the dream should fail. That’s there, that’s where focus should be with respect to the past, the present and the future according to my petty reasoning which is open for interpretation and debate.

  • Reply sudershana October 28, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    On today. Past is something that has gone and present us the experience that has made us the person who we are today?, future has not come and truly its not promised, we don’t know what will happen next? The thing that is promised is the present moment, so we should live up the moment

  • Reply radhikasreflection October 28, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Learn from your past, do plan for the future. But focus on today for a better tomorrow!

  • Reply October 28, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Every day you wake to a clean slate. You write on that slate every day. Choose wisely what you write because it will become part of your past and predict part of your future. :o)

  • Reply Anne-Merete October 28, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Dont`postpone what you can to today, and make the best of everyday, because you are never promised tomorrow. But plan for the future at the same time. At the same time you should never forget the lessons from the past, but dont hang on to things you should have let go.

  • Reply Shiva Malekopmath October 28, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Like in a camera – adjust the settings of the past, view from the viewer of the future and focus it on today.

  • Reply Scott October 28, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Ah, had I thought of Shiva’s words I would have used them as my response.

  • Reply passiondesignerblog October 28, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    My answer is focus on NOW. Each moment is life. When we focus and enjoy on our nowness we will not regret our past ๐Ÿ™‚
    It’s hard to do that but I am trying it.
    Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Kim Knight_Author October 28, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Use the past to learn from, but focus on now and always think to the future as a lot of what goes on now will impact on the future. Sometimes the past is best left in the past.

  • Reply joseph elon lillie October 28, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Great question Roberta. I think we should remember the past so that we don’t forget its lessons, focus on the moment so we don’t trip while we are walking and plan for the future so that it doesn’t catch us unawares.

  • Reply Raj Krishna October 28, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Today…Because yesterday is history, tomorrow is mystery and today is a gift that’s why we call it a present (Lines from Kung fu panda)..on a serious note..there should be a fine balance between these three…past could be a great teacher, future is where our destiny lies and present is where we do our actions (karma) based on past learning and future outlook..

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  • Reply depatridge October 28, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Well Roberta, great question. I thought the three are connected. The experience of yesterday prepares one for today and today’s serves as a reference for tomorrow. In my profession, we investigate what happened whose effect impacted today so as to ensure it doesn’t repeat tomorrow. Just my thoughts.

  • Reply wonderlandia October 28, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    I Think the best thing is to focus on the present, never forget the past, and don’t spending Your time dreaming too much about the future, you Will never know what or who is waiting for you tomorrow

  • Reply emotionsoflife2016 October 28, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Focus on you, for in you lies the answer of the yesterday, today and tomorrow.

  • Reply A Passionate Dreamer October 28, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    What a great question. If you had asked me that a week ago I’m not sure how I would have answered. However due to recent events I can say this.
    I won’t keep focusing on the past. Ya long gone and there’s no changing it or bringing it back. I’ve been so stuck on how things once were and how my husband used to be that I failed to face the reality of the present. Things are bad and my husband isn’t who he used to be anymore.
    Yesterday I didn’t focus on the past. I put my energy into focusing on the present moment and it paid off. I regained confidence in myself I lost long ago. I finally found the ability to look towards the future and see a different life for me. A good one where abuse is a thing of the past where it belongs.

  • Reply sasha October 28, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Focussing on past seems to be foolish to me because it has happened and nothing can be changed now ,no matter how much you focus now! and future is unpredictable so focus and plan is needed for a better one.We can only live today so focus more on today and cherish the moments of today!?

  • Reply gunnardeckare October 28, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    All of them too be a complete person

  • Reply Hans de Gans (MSW) October 28, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Your life is ‘now’, today. But you learn from the past, so do not forget the lessons and for sure, take the good memories with you. Your future…? Is not real. What will it bring… Just live ‘now’ but do not give up making plans. Good question, thanks โค

  • Reply gruundehn October 28, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Interesting question. By focus I presume you mean “to spend a majority of your time on” and therein lies the problem. You need to spend some time on the past in order to learn the lessons available. You need to spend some time on the future else you have no plan or goal and thus just drift. You need to spend some time on the present since if you do not do so, it can kill you and your plans for the future are meaningless.

    So, where should the majority of your time be spent? It all depends on the situation. You cannot focus on one aspect exclusively but you must focus on each at a different time. And the time spent on each is never going to be one-third each and never the same ratio each day. Nor should it be.

    So, I say do not get hung up on the ratio but on which you need to focus on at the time.

  • Reply consciousoftheheart October 28, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    It is my belief that we should learn from our past, take from it what we can and move forward. It is impossible to go back change anything that has already occurred. However, we do have the power to correct/change our current circumstance that we are confronted with. We also have the power to prepare ourselves for the future that we pray and hope that will manifest in our lives.

  • Reply Esther October 28, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    You should be focused mainly on today, cause your today determines what you will consider as “past”, and what would turn out to be your future

  • Reply Margarita October 28, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    NOW is all we’re ever assured of having. Focus on NOW. ๐Ÿ˜‰ xoM

  • Reply Papberry October 28, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    You should be focused on today, knowing that the decisions you have can have an impact on your tomorrow positively or negatively.
    Focusing on the past keep you stagnated especially when there is nothing good to focus on, the best is to learn from your yesterday so that today will be a better yesterday and in doing that you will have a bright future to look up to…
    These are my thoughts?

  • Reply The Photonomad October 28, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Listen to the past, hear the present, look to the future….

  • Reply Bette A. Stevens October 28, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Today! It may be all we have and what we do with it, can make a positive difference in all of our tomorrows. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Lydia October 28, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    We should focus on today because it is a gift and it can shape our tomorrow. We are not promised tomorrow so why focus on something that is not guaranteed.

  • Reply kbeezyisviral October 28, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    The power of now is an infinite wave of epic proportions. What we decide to do during the present shapes our future, which in turn, helps us learn from introspection and deep reflection. The only time you should look back is to see how far you’ve come.

  • Reply Ron October 28, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    I only focus for today, for tomorrow I may not see. The past has been lived and often I can tell about it today. Future is tomorrow and can only predict what may come. Even though I set money aside to save for my future it seems like a gamble that I may never see. But life is good today as it was yesterday and I expect it will be tomorrow.

  • Reply rugby843 October 28, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Today, definitely. Tomorrow’s gone, can’t change it, and the future an unpredictable mystery.

  • Reply alvarezgalloso October 28, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Today using the past as reference for errors to keep going now and in the future

  • Reply Angeloftheshore October 29, 2016 at 12:59 am

    Today which builds upon the future. Too much looking into the past can be harmful a delay any progress you seek.

  • Reply Marisa Ulrich October 29, 2016 at 2:18 am

    Isaiah 43 says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” Jesus said, “Do not worry about tomorrow.” I have a lot of past hurts it does not do to live in. I have a lot I could fret about in the future, but it wi benefit me nothing to focus on that. So, I try to live a day at a time and see what He has for me. It isn’t that I never plan-can’t get by without some organization and goals. But, I strive to pray over what I do and leave it in His capable hands.

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  • Reply httpadviceonrealsituations October 29, 2016 at 6:00 am

    I agree with josepth elon ille

  • Reply Les Gourmands disent... October 29, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Hi Roberta! “Carpe Diem”. The life is too short ?!

  • Reply doddyaboutbooks October 29, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is not a guarantee… focus on now xx

  • Reply spudbudette October 29, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    I want to focus forward/future because I believe eternity is my final place of joy and glory but I also must take with me the past and present to ensure my continual growth. Transformation has already begun and should continue throughout life here on this life. Great question:)

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