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The Point of Power is in the Present

Tony Clark wrote a beautiful article, Are You Being Thoughtful At This Time Of Year. One paragraph in particular struck me.

Some of us get sad, as we reflect on the lives we have and the lives we could’ve had. Some of us get excited, about the possibilities of the New Year. And many of us get apathetic, just thinking about nothing in particular, content to go on with the status quo.

Some of us get sad, regretting what we have done and not done. If you're in this group, step back and think.

You are where you are. You have a life. You have a set of relationships. You have a job. You have interests. You have your personal philosophy. You have all these things because of what you have done and not done in the past, the decisions you have made, the roads you have chosen, the thoughts you have thought, the beliefs you held.

You may not be happy with the life you have built. That is okay. All change stems from a seed of discontent. But why regret what could have been? Regret serves no purpose. The past is past, never to be changed. You must deal with the consequences of your actions. The actions themselves are beyond calling back. You can only live your life starting from where you are now, at this moment. Regret, happiness, neither will change what has been. What has been has brought you to the point where you are now.

Seth used to say The point of power is in the present. Not tomorrow. Not yesterday. Now.

All actions have consequences. You live with the consequences of what you have done and thought. You will continue to live with those consequences in the future. There is no cause for regret.

To live a life with regret is to live in the past, not the present. Change in you, change in your life, can only come when you live now, when you grasp the point of power. Don't forget where you have been, what you have done, who you have helped or harmed. Cherish them. Without them you would not be who you have become. But remember, now is where you are. Archimedes said "Give me a lever long enough, and a fulcrum strong enough, and single-handed I can move the world.". Now is the fulcrum. We all possess it. Your beliefs, that which you know to be true, are your lever. Both are long enough, and strong enough to move the world. Use them.

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6 Responses to The Point of Power is in the Present

  • Thanks, Rick. One thing I always tell folks is there's no perfect time to pursue your dreams, there's only right now. And right now is as good a time as any.

    I'm a big fan of do-overs, and we all get a new one every day and every moment. The key is doing something with it.

  • You're right, Tony. If we wait 'til the time is right to pursue our dreams, we'll never get there. Right now is the only place we have to start.

  • Wise words Rick. I appreciate and admire the deep insights you have on the every day issues of life - and the gift of being able to communicate those truths.

    When feeling down on myself I must to admit to allowing a few regrets and "what ifs" to creep into my thinking. Then I allow fear to intimidate me. There is no future in the land of fear.

    I love the line featured in the iconic Australian film "Strictly Ballroom." One character says, "A life lived in fear is a life half lived."

  • Thank you, Trevor.

    We've all been there with regret. I can honestly say that there isn't anything I really regret, I think because of the sense of total responsibility for my life I've developed over the years. Not that I can't look back and see the good and the ugly, but I also know they can't be changed now. Tomorrow, now there is where I need to do some work.

    There is no future in the land of fear.

    I've taken the liberty of putting this in my quotes database. If you would rather I didn't, please let me know.

  • That's fine Rick - I'd be honoured!

  • And just as you want to be, you'll be in the end.

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