So, rather than living in ‘the never-ending then’, you have to learn to avert your focus elsewhere. You have to enjoy the present a bit more and stop trying to plan your idealized path through life. You won’t get that path either way. Something always comes up and sends you on a detour.
Accepting this is hard and something I still struggle with regularly. However, once you do, you will realize that the ideal life is not one that exists solely in the past, present, or future, but one that moves seamlessly between the three. If you can appreciate the past, live in the present, and plan for the future, then what more can you ask for?
Today, I went with my wife and kids up to the recently remodeled playground at my daughter’s school.
Right before we left, my son started playing a game he was making up on the spot.
I got so into it. It was totally engrossing, and my attention was solely on being in character, climbing across obstacles, having fun.
Financial wealth is surely important, but true wealth is being able to shut off the monkey brain for as long as possible.