The Heart of the Amish: Twin Thieves

Twin Thieves

Psychologist and Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman determined that the “psychological present” is a window of about three seconds—everything else that runs through our minds is either past or future. An old Penn Dutch proverb seemed to have already figured that out without the supporting data: “Regrets over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow are twin thieves that rob us of the moment.”

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About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Linda Lewis says:

    This statement about “the three second window” is absolutely profound! I never thought about it this way before. Also the “regrets over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow . . . ”

    I will be speaking before a group of people and this was just the analogy that I needed to pull my talk together.

    Thank you so much! I, of course, will give you full credit!!!

    Love your work – keep it up!

  2. Thanks for the free copy download of The Keeper Suzanne. Also for today’s post.