The past is to learn from, the future to be anticipated, the present to be lived in
I recently heard a Winter Olympic athlete say she never fails; she wins or learns how to win next time. Yet, many modern studies of those born since 1990 reveal a disturbing upward trend of depression - living too much in the past, and anxiety – living too much in the future.
To only yearn for a past or only crave for a future stops us from living in the next breath. It stifles our focus to unleash our true potential - today. It traps us in what once was or what might be. Sustained regret or disappointment serve only to destroy our free spirit, and must be banished – right now!
When any of us recall, or dream, and we all do it, it must be with the purpose of learning and planning, always telling ourselves, if it had not been for that particular loss or that particular desire, we would not be learning how to become better today!
In Rudyard Kipling’s classic poem ‘IF’, we read “If you can dream - and not make dreams your master; If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster. And treat those two impostors just the same;”
Note what Kipling is saying. Do not over dream. Do not overthink. Meet winning and losing with the same purpose of becoming a better you.
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