16 April 2012

You - Past, Present, and Future

Due to that little, teensy thing called a 'weekend', my discussions and summaries of the 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace continues today.

Secret #5 asks to do what seems like a simple thing: Give Up Your Personal History.  Which I interpret to mean: Stop Keeping Score.

Stop thinking about who's wronged you, who's hurt you, or who's offended you.  Accept that they happened.  Embrace them as part of who you are...TODAY.  Other insights:

1. What drives a boat?  The wake?  No.  It's what gets left behind.  Same thing with our past.  It doesn't (or shouldn't) drive us.

2. Hanging on to the past immobilizes your future.

3. Live fully.  Live in the now.  Don't let the past or future interfere with what (or who) is happening now.

4. Try to transcend labels (Democrat, woman, gay, etc.).  They limit you.

Reading this chapter was particularly profound - a good reminder to live for today.  I am strongly reminded of Leo Tolstoy's "The Three Questions" (or Jon J Muth's kid-friendly version here)...and these particular lines (paraphrased by me):

"Remember then: there is only one time that is important--
Now! It is so because it is the only time when
we have any power. 

The most necessary person is s/he whom you are with,
for you know now whether you will ever have dealings with any one
else again. 

The most important action, is to do him/her good, because for
that purpose alone are we alive!"

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