This blog is sort of a three question “horror story” to ponder.
What if your Past disappeared completely?
It was completely wiped out!
All your new memories in the Present are forgotten because they have become your Past, which is wiped out (dementia comes to mind).
You don’t remember anything that happens in the Present.
What would happen to your world if your Past disappeared?
Would you be a different person?
Are we defined by our Past?
We certainly are molded by our Past.
I think we are only partially defined by our Past because we are in a constant present state of becoming, which of course then becomes our Past.
But, I will say early bad childhood experiences can define a person. forever, they leave a trauma that may never heal and create the illusion a hostile world.
This can cause a person to grow up depressed (one of the themes of my novel, “The Becoming”).
What if your Future became non-existent?
Planning would not exist, you couldn’t create goals.
The Future would become a dark place!
What if this was the world you lived in?
You would lose your motivation to plan.
Your ambition would be gone, life would become boring.
You would have lost all direction!
What if your Present moments disappeared?
Your life would be gone, because you can only live in the present.
If only your Past and Future exist, then
You would be physically Frozen because your body would only be in the Present.
Your Past would be Dead because your Present wouldn’t be creating new memories.
If your Future existed without the Present, then it too would be frozen and your life would have already been planed without your input!
That’s the end of the ‘horror story” because to live fully you need all three time periods,
Past, Present and Future.
You have 24 hours a day and you have choices.
You have a choice on how your mindset will be and how you will allocate your daily time.
Accept your Present situation and choose NOT to focus on the unpredictable and uncontrollable Future.
Hobbies keep you in the Present.
I fully immerse myself in the writing and researching of my blogs.
I treat my blogs as ART.
Art is limitless and it’s a wonderful way to use the Present.
Some situations are unchangeable, uncontrollable and unforeseeable.
Accept the unchangeable, it will lessen your mental suffering.
You allow the Future to be what it is, you then relax and feel like a weight is lifted.
You change the way you look at things.
You’ll feel pain and you’ll get frustrated but you’ll lighten the load.
Be thankful that you’re ALIVE and have the opportunity to embrace life in the Present.
The Present is the most important time period.
Whatever happens in the Present it positively or negatively affects everything in your life.
It’s the only time you can LIVE!
SO, WHAT TO DO?
You MUST live most of your time (90%) in the Present.
You must fully take in each moment you have.
Every feeling you have, everything you learn, everything you experience happens in the Present.
A small amount of time (5%) should be spent in the Past to learn from your past experiences, good or bad.
A small amount of time (5%) should be spent in the Future to create goals.
This is the recipe for contentment.
Enjoy your day…
Lost time is NEVER found again!
SOMETIMES I WISH YOU WOULD SAY SOMETHING I COULD ARGUE WITH. YOU DON’T. EVERY DAMN THING YOU SAY IS HOW I FEEL AND SEE THINGS. IT’S LIKE TALKING TO MYSELF AND THEN HAVING TO ANSWER MYSELF. OK, SELF (DAVE).
LET ME ADD, BE HAPPY, BE CONTENT. WHATEVER HAPPENS, GREET IT WITH EXCITEMENT AND ENTHUSIASM. BE HAPPY YOU’RE STILL ALIVE AND ENJOY EVERY MOMENT YOU HAVE. THOSE MOMENTS ARE LIMITED YOU KNOW. NO ONE KNOWS HOW MANY WE HAVE. DAVE, YOU AND I HAVE HAD MORE THAN EITHER OF US EXPECTED. KEEP WRITING, BUDDY, AND I’LL KEEP READING.
I’ve not come to terms with my mortality yet. To me, my future is still an infinite landscape. Whilst I know that it isn’t, I struggle to think of it any other way.
I agree with what you say about the past. It’s important to learn from it, respect it and accept it, but we should try not to let it dominant our thoughts.
Living in the present is tough (it’s easier to live in the future) but, I know when I am in the present, it makes things easier and more enjoyable.