In the now we are in control of our own feelings, thoughts and actions.
Right now, at this very moment, I can choose how I want to feel. I get to choose if I want to worry about future events or reminisce about past events. I get to choose, right now, what I want to think about. I choose my actions at this moment.
Society obsesses with both the past and the future. We think of the past that times were better, we need to restore our greatness, it was a happier, simpler time and so on. Conversely, we think of the future that we need to be ready, fight for the future, improve upon tomorrow and such.
But only in this moment, in the here and now, do we truly have control. We have control of our emotions, our actions, and even our thoughts. We can’t undo or redo the past, we cannot control the future because it’s not happened yet, but we can control the now.
In the now I get to choose how I want to feel. Do I choose to be angry, sad, upset, anxious or uncertain? Do I choose to be joyful, happy, content, steady and confident? In the here and now, I get to be the one to make these choices.
People have become so universally disempowered that they think they control nothing. We are bombarded by news of atrocities on every imaginable level, and we are in a constant state of looking back and looking ahead, unmindful of just being.
When we are in the now, unconcerned about the future and not weighted down with the past, we have the power to choose how we will feel, what we will act on, what we will think about.
It can be surprisingly challenging to live in the now. But if we take our focus off past and future, and instead put it at this moment we can overcome anxiety, we can evaluate and work through depression, and we can choose to let go of the burdens of thoughts and emotions that do not serve us.
What do you want for yourself, right now? Do you want to be upset about past events, fearful of future events, or on top of the moment at hand, directly before you in the now? Because we cannot undo or redo the past, and the future is not yet chosen, only in the now do we have true control. And when we take that control we take our empowerment unto ourselves.
This is the key. When we are in the now, we empower ourselves. The more we are empowered by ourselves, the less we need to be empowered by others. Yet because we dwell on the past and spend so much energy concerned with the future we regularly turn our power over to others. And yet, when all is said and done, nobody but you can make you happy.
In the now we can choose Positivity. I think everyone would prefer to live in a world of positivity than of negativity. Right now, in this moment, the choice is ours.
Finding positivity is not hard, it just requires action. Knowing that when we live in the now we get to choose for ourselves how we think, feel and act, we can take control of our reality. When we choose to take that control, and leave the past behind and the future ahead by being conscious of and living in the here-and-now, we empower ourselves. When we feel empowered, we often spread that feeling to others around us, and as such can build more positive feelings. We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings. When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, and that is something we can be grateful for. Gratitude leads to happiness. Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude. Positive attitude begets positive energy, and that is always a good thing.
This is the one hundred twenty sixth entry of my Positivity series. It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone. Feel free to share, re-blog and spread the positivity.
In relation to Positivity, check out my Five Easy Steps to Change the World for the Better.