"Now is the only time. How we relate to it creates the future. In other words, if we're going to be more cheerful in the future, it's because of our aspiration and exertion to be cheerful in the present. What we do accumulates; the future is the result of what we do right now." –– Pema Chödrön (b. 1936), American Buddhist nun and author
Source: Pema Chödrön. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times. Boston: Shambala, 2002; p. 186.