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INSIGHT: Can't You Taste It?

Peter Nicholson

Present Tense
The future compels me. The enticement of crafting a better tomorrow is too engaging to ever ignore. I chase it In just about everything I do, including teaching and practicing yoga. There is a thin line between the past and future; the “present” can be elusive. I prefer my side of the divide, rich with the potential of what could be, rather than the safety of what has been. But it can come at a cost. Too often, I produce something great with my staff, like the educational programs we just completed. Yet even before they are over, I’m already planning even better offerings for next summer. I’m addicted. Curbing my persistent "future high” seems like it would be static and dull. An idea, however, has started to emerge: what if there were a wisdom to be gained by more fully embracing the present, one that would help me better answer the all pervasive question: what next? The thought of that, of creating an even more intentional and fulfilled tomorrow—Well, that will get me up in the morning.