A father divided his fortune and gave his three sons equal shares to do with as they pleased, and asked them to return in a few years to inform him how well they faired with their fortunes.
One son drunk gambled and lived lavishly with his fortune, the second invested it well and turned it into a thriving business and the third hid the money so he would never see it to spend it.
The first son apologised for wasting his fortune and his father replied,
“I am proud of you son –for you have spent my gift to learn a valuable lesson”
The second son was happy to announce his thriving fortune and his father replied,
“I am proud of you son –for you have spent my gift and made it grow”
The third son was pleased to announce the return of the exact money that had been given to him, and to this his father replied,
“I am disappointed in you son –I gave you a gift to enjoy and learn from –but instead you have allowed your fears to waste it away”
Life is a gift –the ever present! That is exactly what life is, a ‘present’ that must be unwrapped, experienced and enjoyed, and to master it, one must live constantly in the present, for the past, present and future are all one –existing only in one constant –the present.