Monday, July 9, 2012

Monday Musings

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

This Monday I'm pondering those wise words of the Buddha.   As my tendency lately has been to either dwell on the past or focus on the future too much.  Concentrating on the present I have found difficult stress 
So I spent the weekend at my family's home going through boxes and boxes of stuff we have stored in the basement throughout the years. The boxes I have stored at their house were filled with stuff from high school on up.  Wow talk about a trip into the past.  And though it can be fun it can also be filled with twinges of regret.  

And by regret I simply mean that as I have grown older I have gained a knowledge or wisdom of sorts about life that I wish I had known back then or at a much earlier age.  There are just things I would have done differently.  Yet if I had it would probably have led me down a much different path then where I am now, which is mind boggling to ponder as well.  But I just cannot help wishing I had known then what I know now.
As Oprah says "when you know better you do better".  I find that very true, but why does it takes some of us so much longer to learn those things?   Or to understand what's truly important in life?

There are those who grasp that kind of wisdom at an early age and others who may never grasp it. 
Now I find myself at an age where I wonder if I can put into affect any of those changes now?  Is it to late to begin anew with all the wisdom I now understand, do I have the strength or courage to go after what I really desire, want, dream or even patience to make the changes I would have made then?  Life changes a lot in the process as well.  Though I think there is truth in the idea that it's never too late to change, there are circumstances where it may not always hold true.  

But none the less it was enlightening to relive some of those old memories.  To simply reflect on things.  To realize just how much I have learned throughout the years.  And not only that but to understand that each day lies within it a learning opportunity, a moment to better ourselves and the world around us.  Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of life those opportunities and moments can get overlooked. 
It also was a reminder to take lots of photos as they are so much fun to browse through and look back on.
Overall it was a enjoyable weekend, a nice mini getaway from all the stress I've been feeling at home, plus not having to do it all just felt good.  But it's Monday which means focus on reality once again.  Yet I think this says it best.

What you need to know about the past is that no matter what has happened, it has all worked together to bring you to this very moment.  And this is the moment you can choose to make everything new.  Right now.
If only I knew then what I know now.  :)

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