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!!!!! Trying to alter the past is futile and removes you from the present. When you recognize your attention is somewhere else, intentionally engage with the present. You'll soon realize that you miss the joy and satisfaction of the present when your attention is on the past or future. Also, notice whether you've been following a negative thought pattern. For instance, do you want an event to happen, but when you reach it, you're not content because you're not engaging with the present? If you want to take part in experiences fully, heighten your awareness. Let your senses feed information to you about the present. When you catch yourself thinking of another place or time, take a deep breath and attend to the moment. The effect will be that you enjoy the here and now with acute consciousness. Be warned, though, that the danger of living in the present is recognizing the clear path to !!!!)!! golden nugget of wisdom once shared with me by a former spiritual mentor, " Two things steal your joy: living in the past and comparing yourself to others ." The older I get, the purer my understanding that the counsel woven from experience, in concert with clear-eyed reality and unconditional love, results in uncommon wisdom. During these uncommon times, there's no better anecdote to self- sabotage and tyranny than divine wisdom and the courage to act on it. Courage, based on wisdom, changes everything!
Larry Broughton is a former U.S. Army Green Beret, best- selling author, award-winning entrepreneur, keynote speaker and leadership mentor. TheLarryBroughton.com
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