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Personal growth futility: Trying to live totally in the now October 10, 2017

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Living in the Now.
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Many of us fail to follow the advice of those personal development experts who tell us to focus on, and live the present moment. We fail because, unless the present moment is a crisis or a totally absorbing experience, our thoughts will bounce around between the present, the past, and the future.

Without the past we would have no memory, and effectively, no life.

Without the future, we would have no imagination or hope.

By definition, imagination and hope embody a future scenario.

And, studies now show that we spend a lot more time thinking about the future than we do thinking of the past.

Indeed, the concept of personal growth, self-actualization, and self-improvement is anticipatory.

Perhaps if we were in a total meditative state, and constantly “in the zone”, so to speak, we could devote the bulk of our energy to thinking on the present moment, but leading a normal life, it’s not realistic.

More achievable is using the now, the present, this moment, as a basis of learning and appreciation which we can remember and use as a foundation for creating our future.

— Dennis Mellersh


Personal growth potential: The importance of timing October 9, 2017

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Goal Setting and Realization.
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In our efforts to achieve our self-actualization goals, success in some instances might owe as much to external factors, for example, timing, as to the internal work we do, such as our acquisition of knowledge and technique.

Consider the following from the works of the ancient Chinese philosopher Mencius (371-289 BCE) in which he cites a saying of the Ch’i people:

Though you may have deep wisdom
seizing an opportunity works better.
Though you may have a fine hoe,
awaiting the season works better. (1)

Four brief lines of personal development wisdom that could not be improved upon with explanatory words.

(1) Translated by David Hinton and quoted in his book The Four Chinese Classics. This passage is from Hinton’s translation of the works of Mencius

—Dennis Mellersh