This headline is referring to the book of Eckhart Tolle – The Power of Now, that I am reading. And it got me thinking a lot.. What is it that makes us live in the past or in the future instead of in the present? A lot of us, including myself, are chasing the future, and anticipate that some time in the future, things will be better! This longing for something else, to be some place else, to live with or love someone else.. We want something better, something bigger, searching for more of this or more of that.. Or we get stuck in the past. Letting things that has happened to us in the past limit us. If you have an experience where something did not go well, you failed, people treated you bad, or even, you got bullied. And you let these things limit you. Your inner voice is saying that since this happened in the past, you will never succeed with anything, ever, or you will always be treated unfair. Yes, the list can go on and on.
I have been exactly like this myself. Never being able to be really satisfied with what I got. Instead, thinking about what is to come, what to achieve next, constantly chasing for something else, that will happen in next week, next month or next year. And when this happens, THEN I will get closer to happiness, to what I really want and long for. And my life will THEN be perfect. Right? When I get that promotion, a better job, a bigger house, a faster car, etc etc.
But what if you already are in a good place? Stop. Think about what you already have. Look around you. Appreciate the people around you, the job you already have, the house you live in, and what you have already achieved. I bet it is quite an impressive list if you sum everything up? Maybe you are already living your dream life?! Enjoy what you already have. Do not let your mind wander, getting you stuck in the past or in the future. But be present. Here and now.
If you find this topic interesting, I really recommend you to read this book, if you have not already.
Wish you the best. Take Care. Namaste.