A Way to Think About Time

Learn from the past, live in the present, and create a compelling future.”  NLP saying

We all have a timeline.  Where we were born, grew up, went to school, and then work.  And we have a story about our life.  Think about your timeline and the significant events you had on it.  The problem lies in the fact that for many of us we get stuck or spend way too much time either thinking about the past or worrying about some event in the future.  And some unfortunates do both. 
 
If you want to be sad, spend time dwelling on past events and grievances, bad things that happened to you.  If you enjoy a little anxiety, worry about future events, all the things that could go wrong and how it will affect you.  If you want to be healthy and happier, more resilient, develop this belief about time …” learn from the past, live in the present, and create a compelling future for yourself”.   
 
The best thing you can do about the past is learn from it.  After Action Reports are a great tool for processing events in the past.  The three report questions, “What happened?”  What did you learn from it? And, “What will you do differently?”  Creative people make many mistakes, and they learn from each one.  Thomas Edison once said, “I have not failed, just found 10,000 ways it won’t work.”  The best thing you can do about the past challenges is to learn from them. 
  
And, as for the future, create a compelling one for yourself.  Much better than worrying about things that haven’t happened.  There is a reason why Zebra’s don’t have ulcers.  There is even a great book by that title, I recommend it. 

So, it’s best to live in the present.  How do you do it?  A favorite remedy of mine, during the day, I do a number of one-minute meditations.  I take three normal breadths, then three deep breaths, and then three normal breaths.  Do that twice and in a minute, you can change your state.  I have lowered my blood pressure and increased blood oxygen level by doing this simple relaxation technique.  Focusing on your breathing is a good way to be present, aware. 



Living in the present is a healthy way to go through life.

Why is it important to go through life in the present?  There are many reasons why it’s healthy and better for you to live in the present.  When you think about it, that’s where we are, moment by moment.  Being aware of that, savoring each moment and not worrying about things that happened to you long ago or worrying about things that might happen in the future, you free your mind and body to experience each moment.  As Mary Oliver asks us in “The Summer Day”, ‘Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”’