Balance

March 12, 2006

I’ve talked with a lot of people lately about how they like to push their pasts out of the way since it’s not healthy to dwell on the past. The past is the reason for why we are where we are, and who we are. The past exists for a reason. If it wasn’t important, we wouldn’t have memories of our lives, good and bad. It’s a survival tool, right? Animals do it all the time. “Oh, shit! I nearly lost my life to that bear stealing its food- better not do that again.” and so on.

I’ve talked with a lot of people lately about how they like to push their pasts out of the way, as well, since it’s not healthy to dwell on the past. The past is the reason for why we are where we are, and who we are. The past exists for a reason. If it wasn’t important, we wouldn’t have memories of our lives, good and bad. It’s a survival tool, right? Animals do it all the time. “Oh, shit! I nearly lost my life to that bear stealing its food- better not do that again.” and so on.

While it’s important to remain focused on the present and future, it’s also important to look through your past to see where you made mistakes so you can solve them for the future. Too many people easily ignore their pasts and get stuck into certain traps in their lifes, endlessly repeating themselves until it’s too late. And too many people live in their past, dressing like they did when they were 20 even though they’re 40, doing drugs often in search of that perfect high from the first hit, shutting out the current world to dream about the good years in the past, etc.

Life is all about balance. Balance of the past/future, balance between husband and wife, balance between groups of people, the life cycle, good/evil, and on and on. Everywhere you look you can see this happening. Even think about your body on the chair you’re sitting in- it’s your negatively charged electrons rubbing against the negatively charged electrons of the chair repelling eachother, but still allowing as much contact as possible.

Our lives are a search for that perfect balance so we live in harmony with the world, our partner, and ourselves.

Isn’t that what true happiness is?

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