Than the time we already have and had.
No one is ensuring us, me or anyone we are making it to the next day.
There is no past, nor future. Those concepts both live in our minds. For sure they are not what is happening now, which is the essence of who we are. We are not our past, what we accomplished, our title, our job, our role, neither our future.
We are just the one thing we have done and how we have done it at the very last second. This is who we are, our last second, our last feeling, and our last action.
Anyone might think this a negative or a reduced vision of life. It might be that case. I’ve seen people living today because they are not sure if they will be making it tomorrow. Seriously ill people, seriously environmentally impacted people or seriously affected people, they are not knowing if they are making it until tomorrow.
Why do we, having health, possibilities, and options, are choosing the easiest one, granting ourselves our tomorrow?
No one is guarantying us, we are really making it to the next day. And so on, and so on.
We are giving for granted so many things, that we permit ourselves to procrastinate, to put things off, to stagnate, to not try new ways of doing, feeling or seeing things from a really different perspective.
We are basically granting ourselves to live in the past and/or expecting the future, without changing anything around our status quo, just in case, something happens.
Some tips to make real changes
Changing is not easy, as once comfort is installed, we are not designed to look for new potential dangers naturally, or at least during our nearest years of historical evolution as human beings.
Basically, as the stoic school points out wisely, we need to put ourselves in real emotional, physical or mental stress or danger to truly evolve. Meaning doing stuff we don’t feel like doing naturally.
Even though anyone can search what the Stoic School teaches already for thousands of years (exactly 1500), will take advantage of the moment to cite:
“Stoicism is predominantly a philosophy of personal ethics which is informed by its system of logic and its views on the natural world. According to its teachings, as social beings, the path to happiness for humans is found in accepting this moment as it presents itself, by not allowing ourselves to be controlled by our desire for pleasure or our fear of pain, by using our minds to understand the world around us and to do our part in nature’s plan, and by working together and treating others in a fair and just manner”
And now building from it for this second on-wards, some things we CAN CHANGE to gain present, from our past or our future (remember none of these two concepts exist now) are:
Waking up earlier.
Go practising sports when it’s cold outside (any). Mostly when we don’t feel like.
Saying thank you more
Being thankful (really) for what we already have (time, life, love)
Being aware love does not come from the outside, it’s an inner feeling from the inside-out, which implies actions and feelings.
Going beyond what anybody is expecting from us, because then we will find ourselves and our own true purpose (beyond our parents, children and other people we have “strong bonds with”)
Seeing life as an opportunity, not as a granted time.
Travelling every day expanding ourselves beyond ourselves, without expecting any for “holidays” to be taken to another place with the same attitude.
Helping others (yeah strangers too, why not? we are strangers too for others) without expecting anything back.
And any other action we can imagine to set us directly in a position which is fully taking advantage of every second we have the luck to have now, without regretting, judging or fearing anything, just living.
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Ignacio Gallo Campos
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