UNCERTAINTY — PREPARING FOR LIVING IN POST-2020 UNCERTAINTY
How To Visualize Living in the Moment
Find a lively brook or river you can sit next to. Or visualize one.
The ancients found this a way to consider the passage of time. The Greeks famously said that a person can’t step into the same river twice because it wouldn’t be the same person, and it can’t be the same river either.
We’ve forgotten how to live in the here and now. But that was in the past, right? No need to beat ourselves up. Better to move on (like the river) and forgive or forget. Or choose to learn from the experience.
Actually, learning from experiences is an important part of living a full life. We may live in the moment, existing second-by-second, but we can remember the past. (The future doesn’t exist until it gets here and passes.)
Remembering the past is one of the two miraculous properties of Homo sapiens that set us above all other animals. The other property was our ability to walk or run. We can walk or run for hours and days and do it well and efficiently. It allowed us to literally outrun other animals, that we might then kill and eat them.
We will not likely never chase down a bison again, but it’s in our genes.
So to feel complete the main thing is to remember and prize the past because that’s really all we get to keep.
We can still run, and we can still kill animals. But in separate incidents. Why deny ourselves. It’s in our blood.
We haven’t been living and thinking that way for a while now. Right? That’s my memory of the recent past. That we’ve lost our way.
Times have changed, you may say. Yes and no. Time itself hasn’t changed. That we die someday — that hasn’t changed. The world is a dangerous and uncertain place? That has never changed.
Sit by that babbling brook again, take a deep breath. Don’t be worrying about the probable future. It hasn’t happened — it doesn’t need to take up space in your head. An asteroid could hit your head in 5…4…3…2…1 second, for all the worrying you planned to do about hurricanes and diseases. Instead, relax a moment. Look at that creek. Think about the places the water is coming from, not where it’s going.
The most important thing to think about is that you have been distracted. 2019 and 2020 were terrible and memorable years. And human society had degraded to the extent that the powerful and wealthy, and especially the various media, seized your attention. They also made you busy. Applying for anything, using various conveniences, required time, and paperwork. Think about getting a bank to reverse an overdraft that was their own fault.
Think about being forced to stay at home.
For example — to wait for the phone company repairman.
Or because the big-deal latest coronavirus is doing its last big killing spree. Yeah, stay at home and worry. Great Idea.
Will you continue to cower for all of 2021? Do you have so much to lose by changing your ways and becoming assertive? What is the worst that could happen??