I believe the present matters – not the past! The past must go. If we seek to keep the past alive, we end, I think, by distorting it. We see it in exaggerated terms – a false perspective.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.[Buddhist quote on Ellen’s bathroom mirror]
A man is as much affected pleasurably or painfully by the image of a thing past or future as by the image of a thing present.