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 certainly can’t predict the future  —  not even if we have the resources of a billionaire, a prime minister, a president, or a CEO. (Just look at what has happened this year!)

So if we cannot change the past and we cannot control the future, the best outcome we can hope for is to live more fully in the now, in the past-ure.

And the unexpected thing is that when we do this then we gain new energy and flow for creating what we most desire. We become antifragile.

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

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

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