The basic condition of happiness is freedom. If there is something on your mind that you keep thinking about, then you are caught and have no freedom. If you are caught in sorrow and regret about the past, or if you are anxious about what will happen to you in the future, then you are not really free to enjoy the many wonders of life that are available in the here and now.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Recognition and awareness are powerful things but I find it so difficult to let some things simply pass. Work in progress.