Do you ever find yourself “lost in thought?” I am willing to bet your thoughts are pulling to the past, the future, or an alternate past. In other words, you are thinking about what happened (or you wish had happened) or about what might happen.
But life is flying by right NOW. And being lost to the past/future of your mind.
We humans are blessed and cursed. We are blessed with the capacity of imagining and remembering. We file memories away through language. If I said, “What did you do last Saturday?”, you would search your memory database by wondering, “What DID I do last Saturday?” Then, you would recall the party or event you attended. As far as I can tell, my dog doesn’t recall much when I ask about our walk yesterday. Language.
You can also imagine what could be through imagination. I could ask, “What do you want to do next summer?” Off your mind would go, imagining what next summer might hold. Asking my dog about his thoughts for next summer is likely not creating much of a mental thought process for him.
But that curse. . . .
You can also think back on that bad encounter last week with your friend or spouse. You can worry about what next week might hold at work. You can remember those hurts and pains from childhood. You can worriedly think about your finances in retirement.
And whether reflecting on good events or bad, imagining good things or bad, we can all lose track of this moment, this NOW. We humans have the unique ability (and dis-ability) of mentally living in times other than NOW.
As I discuss in this week’s free audio podcast, Life is the NOW.
(and if you’ve missed other podcasts in this series, here are the links:)
Immutable Laws Of Living Series:
Life Isn’t Fair
Life Has Challenges
Life Isn’t About Happiness
A Thought Is A Thought
Every Perspective Is Limited
Change Is Inevitable
People Do The Best They Can
We ALL Have Fears
Life is YOUR Responsibility
“What Is” IS What Is
Control What You Can (Release The Rest)
Forgive To Live