I had just walked in from meditating on this very thing when I read this. How wonderful!
We can chain ourselves to the past that was or never was. We can chain ourselves to our ideas about the future that will be or never will be. But, we cannot chain ourselves to the very moment as each happens. This is why I work on meditation: to release expectations, desires, obsessions, repetitive thoughts - ugh!
I work to accept this very instant as it really is. I work to release the world I've constructed in my mind with my emotions and to see this world. As Jesus said, to use these eyes to see and use these ears to hear. How difficult to quiet that chattering mind! But, it becomes easier with practice, just like anything.
So, every day I must remind myself what it is I want to practice, what I want to be good at, and what I want to let go of with my monkey fist. I guess I just want to be good at letting go.