We think we remember the past – we don’t. A trillion neurons firing create a pattern that seems familiar but it does not represent a past event, but rather a fleeting and highly biased approximation of a moment in time.
The reality you think you share with your dog, goldfish or bedbug (yuck!) require a massive perspective shift in order to align.
The future is a concept, an idea but there is only NOW.
We can become consumed in our anxieties and fears of an unknown future until we are literally paralysed in the moment, and yet on reflection virtually nothing that we imagine will occur.
When we worry we give power to an energy that is counter productive in all but immediate verifiably life and death situations. Fortunately, unless you are in a warzone this is a rare event.
It is wise to worry when the oncoming driver on the freeway veers into your lane! The worry has value only if it energises you to act instantly and with conviction, ultimately preserving your existence.
The other 99.9% of our worries do not inspire us to do anything except second guess our every move and become mired in that most destructive of states, namely indecisiveness. Worry is a first cousin of fear but a much more insidious emotion.
We exist and then we don’t. Seasons come and go. We have good days and then bad days followed by better days. Nothing stays the same. In the minute it’s taken me to write this paragraph 250 newborns have arrived to join our journey and a little over 100 have departed their mortal coil.
You might lose your job, but on the positive side North Korea may not trigger World War 3, or vice versa. You may have less than you think you need to retire on, alternatively you may not wake up tomorrow. Horrible things happen and we deal with them remarkably well and phenomenally good things happen (250 births per minute…)
One day the most important person in your life turned up and unexpectedly your world/reality changed. One day perhaps they left. When we worry we negate the more likely eventuality that the remarkable will show up in our life or more poignantly we learn to filter our reality to notice daily sunsets, sunrises, the smiles of children, the songs of birds, the taste of clean water, and the barely conceivable reality that we share a moment in time with billions of creatures we have the opportunity to meet, share and connect with.
There is only NOW and when next the spectre of unknown potential terrors cause pangs in your gut remember that it’s only this moment that matters. You are at this moment safe. You are in this moment presented will a myriad of next step options, each leading you to a new NOW.