One of the activities we frequently do at Rebound is the quote activity which allows students to choose from several inspiring quotes and decide which one speaks to them that morning. Often it is a perfect opportunity for students to provide insightful feedback that teaches Rebound staff and others in the program a little bit about their values and goals in life. This morning I was inspired by a saying from Buddha which states “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
I am guilty of spending time worrying about past actions or events that cannot be changed and it is certainly not a productive use of time. It is important to focus your energy and intentions on what you can currently accomplish in the present moment and not what you should have done differently in the past. I might disagree with the part of the quote that says not to dream of the future because we encourage setting many short and long-term goals at Rebound to ensure students are taking the right steps to accomplish what they have identified as their aspirations and dreams. However, I can see where only thinking about the future could be counterproductive if you are not “living in the now” to actually make strides towards those dreams. Overall, it is a more meaningful use of time to concentrate on what can be done now rather than overwhelm yourself with worries from the past.