It's so important to live in 'the now'. To be fully conscious of each moment. To live in awareness. That is the only place where peace comes from and the ability to handle any situation that comes your way. When you are fully present, you can respond to things as opposed to reacting to them. When you live from the place of ego or your mind, you react to situations. You're on autopilot. Your thoughts, words, and actions become a reflex without thought of their consequence. When you live from a place of awareness being fully present and now, you respond. You don't react. You have that gap of silence that allows you to witness what just occurred and then choose how you will respond to it...if you respond at all. Sometimes, not responding is the best response. When you do this, conflicts can be diffused or avoided, relationships can be deepened, you're aware of your intentions, and you begin to flow with your life not against it.
Try to live from the seat of your soul. Be fully aware. And respond to life. Not react to it. When you do, life will support you the way the pond supports the vibrant green lily pad.