One can’t be present if they are looking backwards, or for that matter forward. This is a tricky one to explain because it seems to imply that past and future don’t matter, somewhat seeming to contradict our vision for a better tomorrow. But that’s not really true. Let’s look at it like, as humans we often have the tendency to get caught up in thoughts about past achievements & failures. And sometimes, it’s living in our dreams of future that hinder us from seeing the potential of present. We tend to forget that present counts much more than the past or the future. Actually the steps that you take in the present are more important than the memories of the past & dreams of the future.
You need to deal with the past & the future while living in present. Take your sweet time and go back to the past once in a while to collect necessary lesson, then come back and live in your present without reliving those same low points of life. Use lessons from the past and also use dreams of a grand future to drive yourself to take the necessary steps that’s required right right now. We all might have dealt with bad memories and bad experiences in our past, that mustn’t stop us from seeing the light of a beautiful tomorrow. I always say this “TOMORROW IS ALWAYS AN UPGRADE OF TODAY”.