Continued from part 1
The true nature of our reality is predictable. Time and time again, the greatest minds in history have rediscovered the vast scope of cause and effect. Nothing can come from nothing, everything must come from something. All events in life are predicated on laws of nature and unique conditions. What most minds have been discovering and rediscovering since the dawn of humanity, is that with enough understanding of the natural world (and now with enough processing power) we can predict the outcome of any number of events.
It’s easy for many people to subscribe to this idea in a physics classroom, but there’s something in human nature that makes us uncomfortable to apply this idea to our own lives. We don’t like being predictable. We like to be unique and different (it’s in our genes). But don’t let predictability make you uncomfortable, let it empower you!
If all things are predictable, then tomorrow literally exists today! If you take in enough of your present, then you will begin to see what tomorrow will look like. The same is more evident for yesterday. Many people make their careers on predicting the past by understanding nature and gathering all of the present clues.
Imagine that we’re all born with jet black, solid sunglasses permanently glued to our faces. These sunglasses keep us from seeing anything short of a little glimmer of light every now and then. We’re able to clean the blackness from our lenses but it takes a lot of time and careful scrubbing. As we clean our lenses, our sight improves, we can see more light, and eventually, we begin to make out shapes and pictures.
This is a powerful idea to keep in mind when thinking about the past and the future. All things exist right here and right now, we just have to learn how to clear our vision a little bit. Our future is blotted out by fear and anxiety, while our past is fogged with regrets and denial. Every time we wish for a different past we’re just smudging our glasses.
This very idea is the foundation for everything this blog represents. The biggest impact I have seen in my own life has been making the conscious effort to focus fully on who I am right now. I try to forgive myself for my past mistakes and by doing so, I’m actually coming to a greater understanding of who I am, and thus I have a better sense of where my future is going. If I can look at how I got from there to here and do it without feeling any shame or remorse, I can look to the future with more confidence that I will fail, try again, and progress.
Yes, in all practical purposes, I can’t quite predict my future to a tee, but my sense of present clarity helps me find stability, which makes life a little more predictable, a little less stressful, and a whole lot happier. The worst advice that I’ve gotten throughout my life has been things like: “Forget the past,” or “Look to the future.” I know the people who say this mean well, but it’s empty, and avoids the root of the problem. If you have a problem with the past or anxieties about the future, spend more time self-actualizing. Learn to love yourself now.
Easier said than done, right? Our goal for this blog is to make this a place to share stories about trials and the resulting growth.
How do we move past our greatest struggles and regrets? How do we face big decisions? How can we prepare for the future?
All things, past and future, exist through the lens of the present, so how clean is yours?