Oh yes, oh yes.
If you’ve lived on this planet, you’ve heard that “you don’t know what you have ’till it’s gone,” or some similar phrase. You’ve probably experienced it, as well. Something as simple as the hot shower in the morning feeling so great just when you know it is time for you to get out.
Is there a way around this? Is there a way to totally soak up the essence of something so that when it does end you can say “that is okay, because I did know what I had?”
I don’t think it something you can do in the past or future. To try to get the most out of something that has already passed sounds like a coping mechanism rooted in self-deception. On the other hand, to try to get the most out of something in the future defeats the purpose, because to soak up something and to truly “know what you have” is something that can only happen in the present.
You soak up the essence of that beautiful hot shower when you step in, turn it on, say “thank you” to the universe for the hot shower, and just enjoy it.
How far ahead can you really see?
Ask your favorite mentor or role model “Back when you were my age, did you think you would be living here, doing what you’re doing, married to the person you’re with?” I bet you a Facebook share they say “no.”
It doesn’t seem to make much sense focusing energy past step two in the plan. Two big reasons:
- It’s hard to predict what opportunities will open up once you reach the next step. And then to predict what will open up after that is impossible. So why waste the mental energy?
- Focusing on step 8 while you’re on step 1 makes tunnel vision more likely. So why waste the mental energy?
Making decisions based on plans 20 years from now is operating on the assumption that you know everything that will take place from now until then. Things that are beyond prediction tend to pop up and change the entire course. You could meet someone tomorrow that convinces you to change everything you’re about–that would mean you learned some really great stuff. Don’t you want to be open to that?
“What do you want to do with the rest of your life?” starts to feel very irrelevant. I can share with you what I’m working on now and other than that, I want to be open to a possibility far greater than I can currently imagine. Otherwise, I’m capped.
It seems like a common and unconsciously devised plan to work until you have enough money and then quit and do what you want. I have noticed that an unfortunate consequence of this mind set is to see money as the primary resource. Continue reading