Maximise Your Potential

Amrit Sandhar

Being present in the present…

on August 21, 2013

I went for a walk this morning at 6am. The world seemed so still. As I walked, I saw the sun blazing gloriously in the bright blue sky. I felt I was immersed in sunlight and somehow it having magical powers making me feel good. Half way through my walk, I noticed how still the trees were. It was as though I was looking at a photo of them, no movement whatsoever. This got me thinking…

We spend our lifetimes reliving the past. If things were so bad the first time around, why do we spend so much energy and effort reliving it?! But we do. When we are not reliving the past, we are absorbed in trying to achieve for the future. I was recently reading The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman. A brilliant book that cites work carried out by Christopher Kayes on destructive goal pursuits after analysing why in the 1996 Everest disaster, so many climbers died. The climbers reached a point where they should have turned away from reaching the summit as they would have run out of oxygen and daylight and the extreme weather would have killed them. They decided to press on with horrific consequences.

How often are we in the present…being present in the present, to enjoy it? How often do we end up eating lunch at our desks, ‘throwing it down’ in a rush before the next meeting? How often do we savour the moments in the present?

Today, right now, after reading this, ask yourself, are you reliving the past or fixated on the future, where at a certain time, you will be able to begin living? The future will be created by the present. By enjoying the present, making the most of now, doing something about the things you care about, can we make the most of being present in the present…

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