The past is to prepare for the NOW. Do not dwell in the past, do not regret the past. Use the lessons from the past to help make the NOW better. Even when circumstances do not go as planned, if you lived those moments with EMPATHY, GRATITUDE, RESPECT FOR OTHERS, there will be less regret and less sadness to look back on.
The NOW is your time to plan for the future. Do not live in the future, what you do NOW will become your future. Trying to live in the future will only enable you to miss the NOW. Planning for the future is never a certainty. The future has many contingencies, so the NOW is to do what is possible for NOW. Thus we do not try to live or spend time in the future. The NOW will be the future very quickly.
In the future things can change a great deal from the NOW. WE HAVE TO BE READY TO ADAPT, ADJUST AND AMEND. There are always possibilities out of our control, not in our vision for the future. What we do NOW may not lead us on our vision for the future. This is why we always have to be READY TO ADAPT, ADJUST AND AMEND.
To make the unpredictable future bearable we should always live the NOW, which will become the past, with no regrets. To do that we should always demonstrate EMPATHY, HUMILITY, GRATITUDE, A WILLING TO ASSIST OTHERS AND RESPECT FOR OTHERS.
LIVE THE NOW, APPRECIATE THE NOW, STAY IN THE NOW.
Categories: PERSPECTIVES Philosophical Perspective
Ron Winnegrad has been a Perfumer and teacher for 46 years. As a perfumer, Ron has been able to express the world he sees through a rainbow of olfactive and emotive visions. As a teacher, Ron has helped others to see fragrance through his own multi sensorial lens.
This post is soooo true. Time is defined as a system that measures the passage from one event to another. Whether the sequence is long or short, pleasant or painful, spontaneous or planned, we establish our own set of accomplishments around this organized set of numbers.
Our very existence is defined by how we spend our time.
Most of us divide time into three major parts: Past. Present. Future. And most of us get stuck in either the Past or the Future and spend precious little time in the Present. Since you cannot change the Past, it is better to learn from it. And since you cannot see into the Future, it is better not to worry over it. This does not mean we should discard our memories and, of course, it would be pure irresponsibility to never plan for different phases of our lives, but to be truly in the moment can be so rewarding.
Thanks for the reminder, Ron.
Thank you for the wonderful reminder about daily living and being present. It’s hard to do but I’m working on it. 💜
What an amazing phenomenon. The concepts of that which are not NOW. In reflection, it is paradoxical how we can have a sense of a PAST and a FUTURE, yet only in concept…that the only sense of truth in time is NOW, that there is nothing else. Since we have brains that can process (“remember” and “anticipate, imagine”) the concepts of PAST and FUTURE is fascinating. Yet, as you indicate, the value of the PRACTICE of the virtues, is what gives us a sense of purpose and fulfillment. With LOVE ~