Too much energy goes into thinking about the past or worrying about the future. This is often the cause of stress and anxiety. Children are born with the ability to live in the present. During the turmoil of the teenage years, the present often slips out of one’s reach and this can soon become a habitual situation. We forget ourselves many times a day – slipping into the future or the past. The best way to stay connected is to be present. Life becomes simpler when you are present. The mind can be compared to an aircraft carrier where your thoughts are like airplanes. When planes are constantly taking off and landing, and the barrage of thoughts is unrelenting, it is difficult to be present, making you vulnerable to stress and anxiety. The message of the Serenity Prayer is important in this context.