Too much thinking on the Past and I become sad and regretful. Too much thinking on the Future that may come and I become anxious and unfulfilled over not reaching that potential. In both cases, I become identified with my Mind/ my Ego which is linked to and relates to Time. To live in the Now, to live in the Present, is to silence the Mind/ the Ego, is to Be in the moment which is happiness. – from the book, The Power of Now
PS – too much thinking in the Now would mean I become reactive, not proactive which means I don’t work towards my Goals (my overarching goals coming from my identity) and Life becomes meaningless. So I must think mostly in the Now while taking lessons from the Past and using the Future-thinking briefly to guide my progress in the Now to achieve my Goals.
I include in this blog post the Amazon link to further browse and purchase the book, ‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle if you liked reading my summary. I highly recommend it.
30 years of my life it has taken me to realise the hidden wisdom within that cryptic saying “know Thyself” by Socrates thousands of years ago. Knowing who you are means you know what your personality is and if it is suitable for the job you will be doing for the rest of your life; if you are an introvert,
you will not enjoy doing work where you must and need to entertain and socialise with your clients to generate business compared to someone whose
hobby usually involves partying a lot. Knowing who you are determines what your vision is for the future and it is that future that determines who will want to stay in your life whether a spouse, friend, business partner etc. People diverge from each other in life because of circumstances and because their vision of what they want in life, determined by who they are, conflict.
I learned this from Myles Munroe and a Facebook friend.
I wonder when the Petrodollar will lose value so that we can return to gold and silver coins. This is the stuff they don’t teach you in schools. The US dollar is exchangeable with Saudi Arabian oil because there is a finite amount of gold in the world so President Nixon made the decision that US dollars were no longer to be exchanged for gold (thus becoming a fiat currency) but instead exchanged for Saudi Arabian oil during the 1970s.
But like all things, oil will eventually run out on Earth or no longer be as valuable considering that renewable sources of energy are being developed to replace dependency on oil for transport (Elon Musk’s mission to make electric cars efficient and fast using his Tesla company). This would suggest that once oil has run out or is no longer in demand, fiat currencies like the US dollar will lose its value.
Funny that all these man-made things that our Society needs to function at its current state, the lifeblood that is money, are just pieces of paper with ink on it.