Hecato says, ‘cease to hope and you will cease to fear.’ … The primary cause of both these ills is that instead of adapting ourselves to present circumstances we send out thoughts too far ahead.”
Seneca, Moral Letters, 5.7b-8
Wrong. BOTH are for suckers. Both hope and fear take us away from the present. Being fully present IN the present is the very soul of acceptance.
Both hope and fear orient our minds to past or future… two places in time where our resources needed to powerfully perform in the present moment are tapped so severely that we’ve little to none left for the present moment. Those resources get spent in a past (that only lives in our minds) or a future (that only lives in our minds), leaving us empty in the very place where our resources are most needed: the present.
Hopes and fears cause want and worry to grow. What’s maddening is that when we step back and look at the relationship between ourselves, hope, and fear, we see that it's the wanting that causes the worrying, and the worrying that causes the wanting.
Hope and fear. Both for suckers…
… and both enemies of the present moment.
(See y’all tomorrow)