Past, future, present

What does the past teach us?

Although we cannot change the past it does enable us to reflect on what has gone so right (or horribly wrong) in our lives. The past is anything that has actually happened. For some, it could be remembering how well you did in an exam, for others it could be pondering on the last time you were with your friends, thinking fondly of that smile and joke you said, or heard a friend say!

So the past is full of stuff, but what is this stuff? Put simply, it’s experience. Having the ability to remember something means that you have experienced it.

the past is experience

What can be taught about the present?

Well it isn’t great to think too far ahead. For the worriers out there, this means thinking too much about their high expectations. If one has high expectations and they are not met, then, naturally, one would feel bad.

One thing about being in the present moment is our ability to experiment with upcoming decisions. Such as, what am I going to wear in the morning? Or, I must get next week off to use up my leave. Whatever you do, make sure you experiment wisely. Don’t run yourself in to the ground. Don’t experiment too much, or too little. Time is precious, what you are feeling today will be a past memory tomorrow – hopefully a good long-lasting memory on your past.

The future is all about expectation

You cannot control the future, but you can influence the future’s impact. You could make your packed lunch in a few hours and put it in the fridge for tomorrow morning, rather than rushing yourself in the morning. Why break out in a sweat before work when you could be a little more productive with time?

Don’t expect too much though, remember not to experiment too much, or too little (as I wrote above).

Experience shapes our decisions

Use your experience in your experiments to achieve your expectations. Thanks for letting me expand on the time post a while ago. Writing this has made me appreciate that all the things in life are precious. Including the simple things!

Post 74, over and out


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