There’s no reason to mourn like this... yes, that’s right, it’s a mourning experience to do this. We’ve left the present moment, ironically, to visit a place in our mind called “the future”. This "place" must come of course, but not now.
Living in the present is very difficult to do sometimes, especially as a good time draws to a close and you must prepare to say goodbye to a loved one, or go back to work. But it is essential to happiness. Thinking of the bleak future will only bring sadness and discontentment to your soul and spoil an otherwise fine time.
It’s surprising how many song renditions there are of the two linked lyrical versions of ‘Let the Good Times Roll.’ These songs seem to promote that happiness is peace to the soul and peace for everyone else -- this is at least partially true. It also shows how much we human beings love to be in control of our own destinies. We are pleasure-seeking creatures and when we’re never really sated.
But, what can we do to reach satisfaction and remain satisfied?
Enter the power of the mind. The mind needs to be trained to enjoy the present no matter how that present is currently interpreted by you. The mind can also be trained to focus on what is pleasantly anticipated in the future -- a future hope. In living terms, this future hope is usually something that we look forward to in the coming days or weeks, and can extend to months in the case of a wedding or overseas holiday.
Almost anything can be achieved through discipline of the mind. It’s infinitely worth the investment. Training your mind is a simple question of discipline; persist and a trained mind you’ll soon have.
Stay in the present no matter the activity. It’s not only possible to be happy in the present as the good time ends, it’s also possible to be happy in the not-so-good time you aren’t looking forward to. Besides another good time is probably only around the corner.
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