Nearly everyone will tell you that they are living in the present but that is not possible. The present lasts only for a tiny fraction of a second before it becomes the past. It happens so quickly that we can’t even become aware of it before it is gone. If someone only says hello to you, it is in the past before you know what they said and anything that is in the past cannot be changed. We think we live in the present simply because we have the ability to remember what did happen in the present even though it is already in the past. Think about it! We don’t know what is in the future and have no control over the future. The present is gone before we can react and the past cannot be changed so we actually have very little control over anything. In fact, if we weren’t capable of remembering, we wouldn’t even have a life. We wouldn’t know what was in the future and we wouldn’t remember what had happened a second ago. We would be like a worm, doing only what we were programmed to do and completely oblivious to everything around us.
What is most amazing is that we constantly make plans for the future and those plans usually work out in spite of all the things that can go wrong. Our plans may be as simple as walking across the room to sit down or as complicated as traveling a thousand miles in our car but we are making plans for the future nearly every minute of every day. When you think of all the things that can go wrong with any of those plans you have to wonder how any of them ever work. The telephone could ring before we got across the room and the things that could go wrong in a thousand mile trip are endless.
People often think that they can change the past by telling an untruthful version of it but the past cannot be changed no matter how hard someone may try.