Runbikeski: I absolutely loved your response! I don't know if you've participated in Body-for-Life (Bill Phillips' program), but your post encapsulates that program's phylosophy.
I especially liked the part: "As the eastern seers say.. you are where your attention is focused. If your attention is focused on the bright future ahead, you will be in bright future. If you are focused on the mistakes of the past, you will be in the past."
That's a keeper!