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Wishes part 2 – looking ahead

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We’ve all been in a position that we’ve wished was over and done with; or the position of wanting a certain day to arrive in a big, fat hurry. Looking at those positions you can see that we are wishing for time to move faster or to skip a chunk of it completely. This is not limited to children at Christmas or wishing for the end of the workday; we all have the desire to be happy or recognized or to receive an unknown gift. But wishing away time wishes away the here and now. Looking forward all the time obliterates what is happening right now. And those wishes don’t affect only you, they affect all those around you, too. If you’re always looking toward the future how do have the time or the attention to spare for your loved ones or for doing, with attention, necessary things such as taking good care of yourself or your belongings? It’s nice, sometimes very nice, to anticipate events, for by anticipating you allow the present to be with you and to enhance the pleasure to come. If you’re looking to erase time to get an upleasant event over, just look at the pleasures you could have experienced if you weren’t dwelling the unpleasantness ahead. Looking forward, eyes ahead, no deviation, like the finch, may lose you somthing you can never retrieve, as he may have lost a bite to eat by singlemindedly striding forward. So I feel that looking ahead is fine as long as you keep your head in the present as well. Would you rather put blinders on and lose the events happening right now or acknowledge the coming experience while looking around and being present in the present? So to speak.

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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