While preparing for a presentation, I came across this quote by John F. Kennedy: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” It strikes me that living these words means to be present in the moment. Have you ever noticed how much of our day we spend thinking about yesterday or tomorrow? We cannot change anything about the past, so it doesn’t make any since to take time today re-living the event and wish we had said or done something differently. Nor does it make any sense to worry about what might happen tomorrow or the next day or some other point in the future. Let us instead focus our minds on being present in the here and now; this moment in time is the only one we can impact by our words and deeds. How do you bring your awareness back to this moment in time? Breathe. One of my favorite tricks is to use the six second quieting response: breathe in to the count of 3 and out to the count of 3. Breathe fully and deeply, filling not only your lungs, but also your diaphragm with air. Paying attention to our breath can help us regain a feeling of being centered and present in the moment. So, pay attention to your breath and it will help you live by your words.