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Learn to Live in the Present Moment
by Richard Carlson
To a large degree£¬the measure of our peace of mind is determined by how much we are able to live in the present moment£®Irrespective of what happened yesterday or last year£¬and what may or may not happen tomorrow£¬the present moment is where you are ££always£®
Without question£¬many of us have mastered the neurotic1) art of spending much of our lives worrying about a variety of things ££all at once£®We allow past problems and future concerns to dominate our present moments£¬so much so that we end up anxious£¬frustrated£¬depressed£¬and hopeless£®On the flip side£¬we also postpone our gratification£¬our stated priorities2)£¬and our happiness£¬often convincing ourselves that ‘someday’ will be better than today£®Unfortunately£¬the same mental dynamics3) that tell us to look toward the future will only repeat themselves so that ‘someday ’never actually arrives£®John Lennon once said£¬‘Life is what’s happening while we’re busy making other plans£®’When we’re busy making ‘other plans’£¬our children are busy growing up£¬the people we love are moving away and dying£¬our bodies are getting out of shape£¬and our dreams are slipping away£®In short£¬we miss out4) on life£®
Many people live as if life were a dress rehearsal5) for some later date£®It isn’t£®In fact£¬no one has a guarantee that he or she will be here tomorrow£®Now is the only time we have£¬and the only time that we have any control over£®When our attention is in the present moment£¬we push fear from our minds£®Fear is the concern over events that might happen in the future££we won’ t have enough money£¬our children will get into trouble£¬we will get old and die£¬whatever£®
To combat fear£¬the best strategy6) is to learn to bring your attention back to the present£®Mark Twain said£¬‘I have been through some terrible things in my life£¬some of which actually happened£®I don’t think I can say it any better£®Practice keeping your attention on the here and now£®Your efforts will pay great dividends7)£®
Why We Work?
According to me, all of us have an inbuilt burning desire to SUCCEED. Success is a combination of professional achievements and then earning money as a result of these. Even if one of these components is missing, one will not derive true pleasure of having succeeded. Thus it is a big chain of events, one enjoys one's work, the moment one's work is not to complete a job but an enjoyment, one works even harder. More hard work over the long run inevitably leads to professional excellence which in turn translates in monetary benefits.
Secondly, when a person works hard, he contributes directly or indirectly to society. This feeling that "I have some worth and am contributing to betterment of society" is very important for mental happiness. Being an orthopedic surgeon myself, I have experienced this numerous times. If a patient comes to me with a fracture and then goes home walking, the pleasure I derive is phenomenal even if I do not derive substantial monetary benefit from this.
I also want to add that work gives money and in this day and age, even for social work one might want to do, one needs funds. Money thus earned can be given for various charitable causes thus giving a tremendous sense of satisfaction and well being.
I therefore strongly believe that one of the important reasons that people work is for money for themselves and for their family, there are many, significantly more important reasons for working and these are the ones which actually keep life going.
To Dance or Not to Dance
Some people think it improper for college students to dance. They say dance distracts students from their atudy. It is time-consuming and also a waste of money. Besides, when men and women dance together, an intimate feeling will arise. That is terrible. They may fall in love before marriagable age, which will affect their studies.
I think the above opinion is one-sided and prejudiced. In my opinion, dancing is a good oxercise and means of relaxation. After a week's tense work and study, it feels good to sit in the ball room, listening to light music in the soft lamplight. The colorful lamps twinkle and glisten. The sea-like blue light reflected on the blue screen lends a feeling of coming to the sea. The waves of white blue light smoothe your soul and comfort your heart. I feel serene just sitting there listening to the gentle words of a love song, not to speak of dancing.
When the music is playing, you either chat or dance or make aquaintances. The more friends you have, the more enlightened and open-minded you are.
It cannot be denied that there are certain villains who want to take advantage of others and abuse dancing. We should not let the rat spoil the soup. Just get rid of the rat. That is all. I prefer danceing once or twice a month to be relaxed and refreshed for work and study.
So what do you think about this matter? Will you like share with me? Come on! I would love to listen to your opinion.
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