Life Lesson #1 : Present is everything

Life is our greatest teacher. It teaches us some lessons when we least expect it. A man gets wiser and wiser with time and experiences and the reason behind that is he learns some invaluable lessons from life.

We all have heard about the principle of conservation of energy. Similar to that, I have a ‘principle of divisibility of wisdom’. Apart from the fact that it sounds insanely cheesy, it is actually true if you give it a thought long enough till your brain starts hurting.

Wisdom can be created and destroyed. It propagates by doubling itself.

All right. Wisdom can be created by experiences – new, strange and unexpected experiences. But how can it be destroyed? Wisdom sometimes end with the person who had it, if he forgets to transfer it to someone else. Just imagine, if Gandhi Ji had never given any speech or written anything, how would we have known about his wisdom?

Before you start questioning my soberness while writing this blog post, I should uncover the reason of all this blabber.

I have decided to write about the lessons that I will learn in due course of this journey called life. The wisdom that i gained from books, experiences and millions of other sources.

So, let’s start with the lesson # 1 –

Present is everything.

In spite of the fact how simple it sounds and how short it looks, it is intensely profound – I guarantee you. And the biggest irony of our time? We are least concerned about the present.

But what do I mean by ‘present’ exactly? Present is your current state. This moment, this time, this exact second, this breath that you just took, this eye blink of yours. Yes, this is the present. And as you might have guessed it by now, it is EVERYTHING.

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that is why we call it the present.

Think about the things that you are doing right now. Give it your utmost attention and focus. The today that you have is as important as the tomorrow that will come. But you will waste today worrying about tomorrow and then you will waste tomorrow thinking about the day after and so on.

This is a vicious circle. And this is done by almost everyone. May be its because of our evolutionary psychology that we think about tomorrow too much. Our cave-living, hunting and natural 6 packs ab built ancestors had to be concerned about tomorrow’s food. They were hunter gatherers. We aren’t. We keep stuffing food in our mouth every now and then while reading about it being cancer causing every now and then.

Apart from the present moment, the ‘present’ also means ‘what you are right now’. Yes. Unless you are in prison, enjoy what you are. The job you do – enjoy it. The nicknames they use for you – even if it is ‘fatso’ or ‘dumbfuck’ – just enjoy it! Be the most positive person that you can be and then see how your future will automatically be awesome without worrying about it much.

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

I have seen trillions of young minds, never attaining salvation – trying to clear exams after exam hoping to find that ‘ultimate heavenly job’ only to realize later on that no such job exists in reality.

See, that’s the main thing.

To be in the present you have to be mature enough to understand its worth.

If you are an aspirant and you are reading this, take my word – While you are studying, study. Don’t daydream about your future job. I know this, because I have been there, done that. Many aspirants waste a huge chunk of their time thinking and dreaming about the future job. Rest of the times gets wasted in thinking how much of the syllabus is remaining. And then starts the mathematics of number of topics to be completed per day to complete the syllabus in rest 63 (or so) days!

If you are in a job, be proud of it. Enjoy it. Even if you are aspiring for something else. Give everything its rightful share. While studying, only study. While working, only work.

It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.

Just try one experiment  – Monitor your thoughts. See if your thought was about past, future or present. You will be surprised to see that almost all of the thoughts will be either about your past or future. Strange? I don’t think so.

So, I will leave you at that. Now that I have given all my attention to writing this post while I was writing it, I hope you might have liked it. More life lessons will come and I would like to know yours too. Till then, Goodbye and have a happy and awesome present!

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