Malouf takes us into the painful world of analyzing the self. Often, we create drama in order to mask the fact that we have deeper issues. Drama takes the pressure off us temporarily.
Malouf explains that we must live life to experience true love. Negativity prevents us from experiencing true love. As a corollary, negative thoughts deprive us of the same.
The author points out that the ego resists positive change. Each of us must learn to accept the present and live in it to be free from the images of the past. Ultimately, we all desire love and acceptance. Satisfying this inner desire is a continuing challenge according to the author.
Overall, the author presents strategies for focusing on the present rather than living in the past or failing to enjoy the simple aspects of life in the here and now. At bottom, it's not healthy for a person to live in the past or the future while ignoring the process of life in the here and now.