Life is a series of moments. When we try to make sense of it, we make an image from specific points of time from the past. And make our own meaning. Like the illusory image created when a sparkler is whirled around swiftly.
Enjoy the moment!
Like Rumi says:
“Every moment the world and we are renewed, Yet we are ignorant of this renewing forever and aye.
Life, like a stream of water, is renewed and renewed, Though it wears the appearance of continuity in form .
That seeming continuity arises from its swift renewal, As when a single spark of fire is whirled round swiftly.
If a single spark be whirled round swiftly, It seems to the eye a continuous line of fire.”
Words, especially nouns, help us identify, communicate to and understand each other. But they have this tendency to trap us at the mind level. We then fail to connect to the essence of anything, in the moment. We pass by objects and people around us thinking we already know them. We go through conversations focusing on the words spoken. We are unable to get the essence of what the other person is saying. This causes a lot of misery.
Small children show us the way. They are present. Aware. They are so curious to understand something, even if they know it by name. Even if they have seen or heard about it many times.
Let’s be aware. Fully present. And use our amazing minds consciously.
“I know many time management frameworks and techniques. But I feel trapped in time”, said one of the CXOs I was coaching.
How does one free oneself from time?
We are often either preoccupied with our past or with the future. The past is gone. The future is yet to come. Yet we live through past memories or anticipated future states.
The key to freeing ourselves is to understand that what we truly have with us is just the present moment, the “now”. Nothing happened in the past. Nothing will happen in the future. Everything happens only in the now.