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Personal growth: Allowing tomorrow to spoil today July 26, 2018

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in personal development ideas.
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Unless we believe in the existence of time travel, there is no way the future can physically reach us today, yet we often do allow tomorrow to be with us today on the level of thought.

Inviting tomorrow to be with us today is mostly harmless if we restrict the practice to optimistic thinking about what tomorrow will hold.

But more often than not the experience is not positive, and is instead detrimental; because instead of optimism, we often project our fears and negative thinking.

We sometimes tend to forward-think a current fear, serious problem, or significant personal challenge not only into tomorrow, but into our overall future in its totality.

We fearfully think that whatever our problem is, that it will never go away, that it will never be solved.

This harmful thinking tendency can result from focussing to the point of obsession about the existence and parameters of the problem itself instead of taking any action steps, or making even a beginning intellectual effort towards considering possible solutions to the problem.

“What’s the use?”

We all can get trapped into this loop, particularly if we are fatigued, “stressed out” or at a low energy level due to unhealthy eating habits, or insufficient sleep.

For each of us to break this habit will take a lot of internal work.

It’s an ongoing process, but starts with recognizing the logical reality that most of our problems, even the very tough ones, have some form of solution.

—  Dennis Mellersh

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1. Henry Lewis - July 26, 2018

This is so spot on, especially the part about projecting our fears into an unknown future. I really needed to be reminded of the dangers of this type of habitual thinking at this point in my life. Thanks!

Dennis Mellersh - July 27, 2018

Glad you enjoyed the post, Henry. I checked out your blog and like the layout. Lots of good reading options.
Indicating the reading time, of articles as you do on your blog, is a good idea. Keep up the good work.

Gaudi is one of the architects whose work I enjoy. There is a video/documentary on YouTube titled, “My Architect” which you might enjoy. It’s about the life of architect Louis Khan, who was a maverick and marched to his own drum…DM


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