If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future.
If you are at peace, you are living in the present.
~ Lao Tzu
More often than not we tend to worry about what’s to come, or dwell on something that’s already happened. We know neither is productive. It’s beneficial to reflect on ourselves and our past in order to guide our future. And, while it’s important to consider our future, we need to take care not to hinder our present.
Being able to reflect on our past and inform our future while spending most of our time in the present is life-changing. The present is all we have.
I’m writing this after trekking through the urban jungle for a couple of hours. I try to avoid stores during holiday madness and every year it creeps up earlier and earlier. I dodged Black Friday insanity only to discover it’s Black Friday Week, which used to be a weekend, which was originally a day. As in, Friday. Which also never used to exist until that trailblazing COO sent a memo.
It’s a symptom of a bigger problem, of course: our need to distract ourselves from ourselves. It’s not even December and Christmas decorations are everywhere. Everywhere. I understand we created our consumer society, but really? We’re nuts. More precisely we’re manic, but nuts will do just fine.
Good thing we’re beautiful, baby, because we’ve lost control. Manufacturing desires that can never be satisfied, which is the point. We always need the next and the next and the next. Forget that Christmas is synonymous with rampant consumerism, now we can’t even wait until December much less Christmas Day.
But, guess what I saw today? A whole assortment of new drones. How awesome would that be? A drone! But, if you get one it makes sense to have two….
Excuse me for a moment. I’ll be over there. Quietly in the rain. On this November day. In this moment, this moment that is ours, as it slips through our fingers.