A Willingness To Be Present


The threshold
Of the future
Is pulled forward
Slowly and surely
Second by second
Or stands still
As the past
Slips away
Retreating fitfully
But never completely
Our yesterdays linger
Directly behind
Or back around a dim corner
Barely accessible
If warm and pleasant
Abruptly intrusive
If unhappy or filled with regrets
But what of our tomorrows?
Filled with hopes and dreams
Or other times with dread
Days and years
Lying ahead
Our dwelling place
To be
Fleetingly or longer
Yet, they are
Waiting to be filled
By us or circumstance
Health, family
Resources, friends
A spiritual foundation
A sense
Of the Other
All shape
A life to come
But, really, isn’t it now,
The present,
That will ultimately decide?
Our sense of self
Our willing to be
Our gratitude – now
Isn’t that what shapes us,
Now, and in the years to come?
How we view the past
Our acceptance of self and others
A willingness to be present

 © 2013 Thomas W. Cummins

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5 Responses to “A Willingness To Be Present”

  1. Sara Says:

    Beautiful, Tom! Thank you.

  2. Tom Says:

    Thank you, Sara. Your comment means a lot as I try to balance visits to grim prisons where time, memories, and the future are a constant menace.

  3. Teri Says:

    I like this Tom. the future as an empty space is an awesome thought. To perceive such emptiness is a little scary perhaps, but as you say, a willingness to be present now, shapes us, it’s all we have, and in this moment, it’s all we need.
    I think of children, how they live in the moment, and life seems easier.

    • Tom Says:

      Thank you, Teri. Time has always been a fascination for me. Our inability to reshape the past and control the future is where acceptance and surrender can bring a bit of inner peace.

  4. Tom Says:

    Reblogged this on In a dim light… and commented:

    Another post from earlier this year … as we prepare to move forward from 2013.

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