After all, the present is the only time that living actually takes place. Living is an active process, animation of otherwise dormant matter. It is literally movement of space and time. In everyday life, it means being aware of what we are trying to accomplish. Even if we deliberate and decide to do nothing and remain patient for the next opportunity, this is still an active process.
However, if we are unaware of our current actions, there is little hope for the future outcome we are seeking. On one extreme, being apathetic and lazy allow other people and factors to determine the future for us. On the other extreme, creating busy work can often cause us to go through the motions without achieving any real progress. Break away from both busy-ness and lazy-ness and refocus on what you are trying to accomplish in life. If you don't know what you are trying to accomplish, then bring to light that accomplishment by bringing your focus closer to the present.
For example, if you don't know what you want to accomplish in the next five years, how about the next year? If you don't know what you want to accomplish by next year, how about the next week? If you don't know what you want to accomplish in the next week, how about the next hour? If you still don't know what you want to accomplish in the next hour, how about trying to accomplish breathing in the next second?
Something as simple as being aware of your breathing will enable you to be aware of other things within your control such as throwing away the trash, washing the dishes, remaining calm when provoked, not giving up when things look bleak, extending a helping hand when strong, remembering helpers in success. Be aware like this consistently and remain focused on the present and you will find meaning in many aspects of life. The faraway future looks bright when you shine a light from where you are right now.
Pass this knowledge on to your family, friends, and others you love going through a rough patch.