sign showing you are here words in neon lights. Now is time.
sign showing you are here words in neon lights. Now is time.
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Accept the Past, Embrace the Future, and Live in the Present

“If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.” Lao Tzu

We live in an uncertain world. Everything is moving, changing, and revealing itself to be not what we thought it might be.

Time and fear keep slipping in and out of past and future.

Fear drives many of us to go to a job that is unfulfilling, to deal with unpleasant tasks in life that help stave off financial catastrophes.

We are not perfect.

Many people suffer from fear of life, fear of future, fears that the past will catch them up and bite them hard. Often, people who experience fear of failure, incompetence, or the lackluster days of their life, don’t have the time to dig deep and see that they are wrapped up in a world of meaningless tasks that amount to nothing much for themselves, but everything for their employer and other people in their lives.

Maybe, we are too busy measuring other people’s time.

The fear of life starts when we come out into the cold world, then we are wrapped into a swaddling by strange hands that reassure us that life is good and time will show us what will be.

We can deal with fear by facing it. That takes courage, but come on, be a trooper.

Some of us begin believing in superstitions. They are comforting, and some of them can be traced back to another time, where it made absolute sense to avoid walking under a rickety old ladder with a half ton weight dangling above your head.

Wet Hovels and Spiky Umbrellas

If you open an umbrella inside a house it’s bad luck, apparently. Nobody tells you why, but when a home was a small hovel of a place, not much space, and filled with ten kids and a barking dog, I’m sure an umbrella was a dangerous object to be waving around the place.

How do they do this?

They ask us questions about how we feel about our lives.

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Berlin Notes — Writing about the Creative Art of Living

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