Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Why not simply live in the present? & the sandwich theory.

From the present day to the ad infinitum, the weather has blessed us with rains, sunlight, snow and autumn. Even when we were not there, so archaic that the existence itself was insignificant, the time where even the apes were not our ancestors then the time was sunrise and sunset, the only light to help the eyesight of the living, was the sunlight. The day came and passed away as they do now. We came into existence and to put in today’s language “the human race progressed” I would say more or less only technologically, cause as we are progressing we are becoming physically weak, even the jaw these days cannot accommodate the 32 teeth’s and the so called last entrants to the tooth family “the wisdom tooth” are unwashed extracted from the jaw as they cannot accommodate. Still we are progressing.

We started growing intellectually as well. The progress is an on-going process, how about having a flash back over it? That has changed recently but not long ago. The open ownerless grounds just around the lane of the house, is difficult to find. Games have changed from climbing trees, playing hide and seek to Play stations and idiot box. Rains were when kids used to run out of the glimpse from their mothers, only to get sloshed by the water, make paper boats and race their boats in the stream, get all muddy only to return home with wet hair and bemire clothes. Today the rains make kids to stay back at home as the fear cough and cold. School was the time to study and rest was childhood. Today the school is the time for studies and rest is the time for tuitions. Playing outdoor games was a mundane activity of the day, which has changed to extra circular activity today. Life was to have a nice job and all set for life. Today it starts with jumps for better packages and ends in endless working hours. Knowing what is happening in one’s life is distant story, the only story is academics when a child and paying jobs when older. This something we call past.

Now the next thing is the future. This trend is to be followed so that you have a lavishing career. The age for schooling used to start from 5 onwards which has shrunk to 2 years. The weight of the child carrying a school bag is comparable to the weight of the bag itself. Stress was not something heard of before, but now even kids have stress levels. What would happen tomorrow, is the only tape running in the head today. Slowly realized, but steadily forgotten is today, only for a better tomorrow. Let’s try to summarize and understand with the help of the sandwich theory.
The sandwich theory.
Lets consider you are having a sandwich, which is a potato sandwich, so what do we have now, two slices of bread, in between stuffed are the potato’s. let’s consider the first slice as yesterday(the past), the second slice as tomorrow(the future) and the potato’s today(the present). Now you would not like to eat the first slice of bread(past), only as it would not taste of what you expect the sandwich to taste like. Similar would be the case for the second slice of bread. It could taste like a sandwich with some potato’s inside(today), but then the quality of the potato’s and the ingredients added would only make the difference and could give the taste buds the pleasure of the sandwich. What does that mean? Think about it again, the past has gone and unchanged it would remain to your last breath unconquered, unchanged, future is yet to come and would only be known when you live now. All your options are left with today. Today is that would make difference to your tomorrow, today would only make a day to be remembered in the past. The amazing problem is that we are so sacred to live today.

Let me help you with the theory with an example: two friends meet, one of the friend has to depart for few months to some other city, thinking about all the good times in the past they had together, name the friends as x and y. x has to depart, x asks y are we going to have the same fun, all the things we do again, after I come back?(second slice, future) and could not enjoy the time together with y(potato, today). What would happen? Think about it. the potato was not cooked, as they did not have a good time together(it cannot be used to make the sandwich) also there was no part that could have added to memories of the past, cause today went to waste. The taste buds nor the stomach would ask for it.

Let’s try to understand some more. It is living in the present that can give a good sandwich, whose ingredients are good slice of fresh bread and good potato’s, how will we get fresh bread? The memories that are good are generally remembered, isn’t ? do you try to remember the bad one’s I guess nobody wants to. The first slice is ready, the good you do today would only bring a good tomorrow, an enemy created today would not bring peace tomorrow, laziness today would not bring prosperity tomorrow, doing wrong to others would not bring you right tomorrow. That is how the second slice of the bread can be made. For potato’s you have to live today, to the fullest, put in your best, fear not the future nor the results. Strive for excellence, leave today with a better day than that you found in the morning. Compete with yourself and your yesterday and not with others. The sandwich is all yours to satisfy your body and soul.

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  1. Humans are future oriented individuals. It is good for our social and physical survival, to plan for the future, by also enjoying the present and sacrificing it whenever necessary.

  2. I would agree to that to a very large extent.

  3. competition within takes you long way and I don't know why people waste their time and energy in competing others.
    here I am sharing few similar thoughts:

  4. If everybody could get that essence of life, world would have been a better place to live in, between i read your post i like the thoughts!!!