“The road to success is simple
for those who have no rear-view mirrors.” SD
We tend to get trapped in a Catch 22: The more treacherous the road the more time we spend looking behind us, lamenting our misfortune and worrying that more of the same lies ahead. But, the more time we spend looking back, the more treacherous the road becomes. Imagine zooming down the highway at 70 MPH while staring into your rear-view mirror – a near certain recipe for disaster. And, of course, the more treacherous the road…
Many years ago on a sacred mountain top, in the ancient spiritual Mecca of Stockton, a 400 year old spiritual master lay dying in my arms. As I sensed his life energy about to transition I asked, “Master, before you cross into the Great Unknown will you share with me one Secret to Living a Successful Life? Tell me how to stop focusing on the misfortunes of my past, knowing that by doing so I project my problems into the future.”
As the life-force began to leave his body, he pulled my ear to his lips and yelled:
STOP DOING THAT!
“All right, All right,” I said, rubbing my ear. “Geez.”
I realize that the more challenging life becomes, the more difficulty you have focusing on the present (the Catch 22). Difficult: but well within your abilities. It is a matter of focus and will and eventually habit.
Approach today as a precious opportunity: a gift of life that will last but a few short hours. Consider the extraordinary treasure that lay before you. You are surrounded by an endless supply of beauty and prosperity. A happy, prosperous life is your right, and you were born with everything you need to claim your share.
What will you do today to draw prosperity into your life? What steps will you take to reach your goals?
If, today, you focus on this unique present, there will be no time to lament the past. Tomorrow? Do it again.