The past houses regrets and happy memories. The future holds worry and dreams. Only the present is alive. It is only here and now that I am. I can do good or bad only in the present. I can remember what I did or didn't do in the past, and I can imagine what I will or won't do in the future. Only in the present can I take action, and that action can be either constructive or destructive, which may be one aspect of the double-edged nature of presence. Another aspect of the double-edged nature of presence is that it is both a privilege and responsibility. The present is mine to enjoy and suffer. Becoming more deeply aware that we are one has fostered my awareness that presence extends beyond my own boundaries. I and all that is, animate and inanimate, co-exist in the present and are my present to interact with and be responsive to. Remembering that all that is is one fosters my compassion and helps me be present constructively.