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Living life with one finger on the remote control.

Updated: Sep 16, 2020

I was driving in my car the other day, listening to a live talk on the radio, when I realised I missed parts of the talk because my mind was wondering. My very first instinct was to quickly rewind to the parts I missed so that I could listen to it. Off course, the option to rewind was not available.

A few days later, I was listening to the radio at home. The very same thing happened. I missed part of the live talk because my mind was wandering. This is a common phenomemon for us humanoids, our minds wander (we let it wander...).


It left me a little perplexed though. Not the phenomenon of a wandering mind, but the fact that ๐—œ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—œ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ท๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—บ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ. This triggered something in my mind, but I didnโ€™t dwell on it for much longer.


But then, not so long after the day at home when I was listening to the radio, I was on the phone with a friend and I did exactly the same thing. I was a little preoccupied - you know how it goesโ€ฆ With my earphones on, I had my hands free to do other things while my conversation on the phone could continue. It was with embarrassment that I realised I have not listened to some of the conversation because I was busy concentrating on something else.


Instantaneously, it struck me. I have become accustomed to the rewind button when listening to podcasts, educational video clips, training videos, some Masterclasses and Webinars, Netflixโ€ฆ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐˜† ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด, ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—œ ๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ธ.


Have I allowed certain things in my life to pass me by thinking I could simply press the rewind button and have a replay of things because I was not in the moment, I wasnโ€™t present.


Life simply does not come with a remote control to rewind, fast-forward, pause or stop life as and when we want to. Life is not pre-recorded, it happens now. Now is gone, we cannot get it back. Now is exceptionally fast - if we donโ€™t pay attention in the moment, the moment is over, gone, lost, forever.


The very first step to being in the moment is ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ณ-๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€.


Become aware of the fact that you are not in the moment, that you live either in the past moment or attempt to live in the future moment.


Being in the present is something we can learn to do. ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ถ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—น ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ณ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜‚๐˜€, ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜€.


Find the โ€œ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„โ€ control button for your life and use it every single moment.

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