I have some friends who really live in the now. More than anyone I know.
And it’s bad.
If they don’t need an item today, they give it away, not thinking that in 6 months, when seasons change, they will need it, and will have to get someone to give them a new one then.
They don’t think ahead. And that’s not good.
This is my year of “Now” so I’m paying attention to who does it well. And who doesn’t.
In The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle says be intensely conscious of the present moment.
- Die to the past.
- Give up waiting for the future.
- Give fullest attention to the step that you’re on.
I’m trying. And sometimes actually succeeding.
Until I see my friends in trouble because they didn’t think ahead.
Then I wonder if staying in the now all the time is wise.
So I’m trying to find balance. Even Tolle says we can “use past and future to enhance now.”
- To know when to reminisce from past pleasures and learn from yesterday’s mistakes
- To know when to schedule for tomorrow and get excited about future plans
- To know when to indulge totally in this moment only and soak it all in
The wise use of now has to include past and future. Just don’t live there. Visit, but make your home in the now.
Now is always what time it is.
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When your mind starts to wander, do you drift toward the past, toward the future, or do you stay in the now? Please share.
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