You just tripped over a rock during broad daylight that was in plain sight. Pounding a nail, looking right at the nail-head and you hit your thumb. The glasses have disappeared again and you’ve looked all over, only to discover they’re on your head.
An unfamiliar address seems to be missing on the street where you’re searching, only to discover you’re on the wrong street.
How is it possible for such common things to constantly trip us up? Aren’t you looking right at that rock or nail? Then how do you trip or clobber your finger? Is there an easy answer?
Well, there may be. It’s called “not being in the present.” Walking, pounding a nail, are such common things that we do it’s easy to get distracted by other thoughts and not pay attention to a task at hand. Result? A stubbed toe or bruised thumb or finger.
Being in the present in all that we do everyday is difficult. There are constant bombardments by so many different forms of media that unless we make a deliberate effort to ignore them, our attention is diverted from any task at hand. Do I sense heads nodding as it pertains to editing reports, correspondence, emails and the like with the constant missed apostrophe, or the “your” instead or “you’re?”
Right? We get so wrapped up in yesterday and the things that didn’t go quite as planned, and how it could have been different or better. As a result the “now” is being for the most part completely ignored! And for what? There’s nothing that can be done about yesterday. It’s over, gone, done with, and at best should be a learning experience for today. Yet roughly 87% of your time is spent there, with about 10% spent in the future, and maybe 3% spent on the present. Especially after pounding your fingers with a hammer or finding that rock with your toe.
Here’s a test for you. Focus on everything that’s going on around you. See how long you can do it before being distracted by thoughts about yesterday or even further back. Go ahead. Try it!
How long did it last? Come on, fess up. Did you stay focused for more than 5 minutes, or even 10? No matter, because it makes a strong point about how your time is spent. Far too much in a dead past and not nearly enough in the living present.
In Eckhardt Tolle’s book, A New Earth, he talks about how being so caught up in the past is the same as being unconscious in the present. Think about that, and all of a sudden the many accidents that happen everyday begin to make sense. Unconscious people sitting behind the steering wheel. Is driving drunk more or less of a danger?
Now, if you really want to get to where the rubber meets the road on this issue, add a little ego along with this unconsciousness. Ego is an unrealistic vision of something that doesn’t exist that most accept as real. A great case can be made that someone caught up in their ego is out of their mind!
What’s the point? Someone out of their mind is usually considered crazy! So unconscious people out of their minds not just in the streets with cars, but conducting business among other things. Banks, corporations, POLITICIANS! Alright I’ll stop there. But if ever there are dangers hiding in plain sight and we don’t see them, is it because you fail to see or you’re not looking? If it’s in plain sight, and it usually is, you’ve just discovered the answer.
Can it be cured? That depends on how much you want to get away from your ego and the past. Many are more addicted to those two things than all the drug addicts in the world! That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.
Besides Eckhardt Tolle already said it. Reading his book might be a real honest to goodness eye-opener for many. I dare you to read it! You may not agree, but what if you do? Here’s the link on Amazon to A New Earth.