L-i-v-i-n / Thinkin' Cap

Time Zones

We all have different time zones of our lives.

We have that of our past, our present and our future.

I call them time zones, rather than time periods, they all tend to appear in our lives simultaneously.

Our past likes to sneak into our present, thus affecting the outcome of our future.

The future, seeing how we reacted to the past and allowed it to influence our actions so easily in the present, follows suit and does the same.

So where does that leave the present? Kind of crowded, if you think about it.

However to fully enjoy our lives, it’s not our past or our future that should be the brains behind the operation, but rather, it should be the present self. The present is the only real self anyways. The other two show up and feel real; they feel like they have some reason to be butting-into your present, but they don’t.

After all, the present is the only reality, the rest is just different sets of stories that we’ve created for, or about, ourselves.


First off, the past already happened for crying out loud. What are you supposed to do about it now? Unless you’re a main character in the Meg Ryan/Hugh Jackman film Kate & Leopold, nothing. Because you don’t have a time machine.

And what about your future? It hasn’t even happened yet! And getting what you want from your future doesn’t come from only thinking about it about it all the time and not realizing what’s going on in your life right now, in my opinion. No, it comes from being the best you you can be right now. As in, being present in the present.

Learning from the past, thinking of the future, living in the present.

That’s my suggestion for the day.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a soapbox to get off of.



His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama





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