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I continue to receive a tremendous amount of heart-felt praise for writing these blogs, so… Here’s another!
Many years ago I encountered an interesting Chinese Proverb which simply stated,
“The best time to have planted a tree was 20 years ago, the second-best time is now.”
Perhaps you are familiar with it.
If you read it a few times you will see that it can have many different meanings and could be considered, “timeless”.
If one thinks about it, today is the 20th Anniversary of 20 years ago.
Take a moment to think about that. The 20 years is not significant, but that fact that the today of yesterday finally arrived today is.
In most cases this was the day you looked forward to all those years ago, the day when you would be rich, happy, handsome, smarter… you can fill in the blank, but it was the time you knew that all would be better in your life, right? And yet….
It’s been my experience that people, myself included, live in the past and promise themselves a better future… rarely right here, right now, and in today.
Voltaire once said, “We never live, we are always in the expectation of living.”
Most are stuck in some incident back in time and today is really something that happened 20, 50, 100, or even millions of years ago. That is what most are looking at and calling it here and now, or rather today. They don’t see what actually is, right there in front of them because their attention is still fixed on something in the past, or perhaps, something inside their heads is telling them they are not seeing what actually is!
I am guilty of this myself.
I saw a video of a woman who went after another woman with a baby on an airplane asking the mother of the child to move to another seat because she was positive the baby would start to cry and ruin her trip.
In trying to get the mother and child to move, the first woman made such a commotion that she was finally escorted off the plane. At some level, the troublesome woman was so certain her flight would be ruined that she went and ruined it herself! (I guess she just had to be right!)
She created the whole problem and then suffered the consequences.
But if the woman who got thrown off the plane really wanted to have a peaceful flight, what could she have done?
Perhaps stayed in the moment- the mother and baby were doing fine.
And had the baby begun to fuss, the woman could have found out what she could have done to help.
My wife did this once to help a new mother, she carried the baby up and down the aisle of the plane until the baby fell asleep.
Basically, get in there and create the future, or outcome that you want.
One might say that this is exactly what the troublesome woman did- ruined her flight, others’ flights, and then got thrown off the plane! I mean that’s what happened, right?
Keep that in mind, it turned out exactly how she didn’t want it to, and she did it all by herself! It’s actually quite funny and should give us all something to think about.
Are we really the authors of our own lives? Do we really create, at some level all that happens to us and others?
YES!!!!!! Good, bad, or otherwise.
I think it was Mark Twain who once said that he had suffered a great many hardships in his life- some of them which actually happened!
I love that quote.
Take a look at that, and think about the today you are living in right now. Is it actually today, or some recollection of something that may or may not have happened in the past?
Consider any aches or pains, body issues, or difficulties you might be experiencing right now. Oh yes, you are experiencing them right now, but do they belong to the here and now, that is to say today?
Something to think about.
This turned out to be a rather long and heavy blog, so I think I will leave it at this for now, and continue this blog over the next couple of weeks.
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