Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
If you have ever read anything by Eckhart Tolle you will know that his entire philosophy of The Power of Now comes from this single sentence.
This does not intend to negate all of the work that he did in his thoughts regarding this topic, but only to illustrate that the idea goes back for centuries.
The present is the only thing that exists. Nothing else is real.
The past is but memory traces and the future is but hopes, dreams and fears.
I learned this lesson late in life and have always ranked this lesson as one of the most important of all that I have ever encountered. Understanding that we are continuously living in the present is tremendously liberating if you enable your mind to appreciate the relevance of understanding this particular truism.
When I get moments of overwhelm in life, I regularly stop and ask myself what exactly is wrong right now? More often than not, my mind is racing with “what if’s?” about something in the future. The opportunity to still my mind, and thereby give me freedom as to my focus in the present, has been beyond worth its weight in gold.
In my career, having a mind that is continuously processing all of the variables in the immediate future is just part of the job. As a producer, you are continuously contemplating every single variable that could alter the course of your plans and expectations And you are continuously creating contingency plans.
As shared, I have chosen the mornings and the sunrise as my respite from all of this. I have been writing this particular musing while sitting here at this sunrise at the beach, watching all of this as it is coming to pass. Life is so very short, make every day count and stay in the present. It’s all there is❤️
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