Sunshine on my shoulder makes me happy; sunshine in my eyes can make me cry. Sunshine on the water looks so lovely; sunshine almost always makes me high. (1)
I think all of us would find it somewhat strange to say that the natural “human condition” is to be in a state of happiness: but it is. Numerous studies suggest that we live longer and in a higher of contentment when we have a positive view of our reality than if we eke out our sunset days in a morose and embittered state.
I recently had one of those seminal moments that we often reflect on later: what was its meaning? As I was driving my scooter on my way to the gym, I noticed an enormous sign that said, “The Future is Now.” This distracted me for just a moment and I inadvertently crossed the street, my eye catching sight of a 7-11. I always stop for a banana and energy drink: I’m old, you see. I didn’t give enough attention to the traffic flow and was almost struck by a large lorry as I made the turn: the fault being totally my own. I had that somewhat sardonic feeling – that sign was right: my future is now. This only reinforced my concern with this idea that most of us live in the present or the past, not really in the present. What does that fully mean? It is a concept, in my estimation, that bears some reflection. If I maintain that all perception emanates from me: the power that I give my life is of my own making, then I must grasp that I need utilize the “tools” that are available to me: my powers on meditation. “Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now. … Most people treat the present moment as if it were an obstacle that they need to overcome. Since the present moment is life itself, it is an insane way to live. … Always say ‘yes’ to the present moment… Surrender to what is. Say ‘yes’ to life – and see how life starts suddenly to start working for you rather than against you.” What Eckhart Tolle (b. 1948) is telling us is that I can give value to every moment of my life – every moment. The consequences are stunning. Potentially, life would not be a short, blurry statement of futility, but a lengthy and exciting adventure of personal discovery. This has major implications for young people. They loathe time for it is an endless continuum of stress and frustration: http://www. DBAWageslave.com. We listened to “21 Pilots” in class. They created the 4th most listened to song “in the world” last week. Their words are clear. It is worth listening to for it mirrors how our Y Generation (1) relates to the world: twenty one pilots: Stressed Out [OFFICIAL VIDEO].
This concept of “greatness” is an interesting one. To aspire to its grandeur can result in one of two opposing consequences: the one leads to ill-placed self aggrandizement and, ultimately, despair and destruction; the other steers you to personal achievement, service, and benefit to the society. Which fascinating avenue would you choose?