Living in the pasture


Lao Tzu said:

“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.”

We cannot change the past. And in a time of churning and change we cannot predict or control the future  —  not even if we have the resources of a billionaire, a CEO, a president, or a prime minister.

So if we can’t change the past and we can’t control the future, the very best outcome any of us can hope for is to live more fully in the now — in the past-ure.

And when we do this we gain new energy and flow for creating what we most desire.

We become antifragile.

How much of your time do you currently spend thinking about the past, worrying about the future, and living in the pasture? Would it be useful to change that mix?

Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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