When we live in the moment, not regretting the past or fearing the future, we are set free to accomplish the absolute best we can in the now. Fear is always forward — we fear the unknown, the myriad “what ifs” that multiply our anxieties about what is to come. When we let go of everything but the present moment, our creativity and joy are released so we can accomplish our goals and dreams. Despair flourishes in looking backward with regret. We choose not to look back to the past, except to celebrate how far we’ve come, and get a fresh sight on where we are headed. When we understand that experiencing regrets and beating ourselves up for past missteps drains our energy, we begin to bring only the lessons we’ve learned from the past with us into the present. We realize that we are the sum of all our experiences to date, and we choose to love who we are today. Armed with this attitude, it’s exciting to build a bright tomorrow — by taking steps in the present moment.