Two Old Codgers

How the World strikes us

October 2019

LIVING IN THE MOMENT
That’s one of those semi philosophical terms that we know but most of us don’t really think about. Of course we can only live in the moment or now. The past has gone and the future hasn’t arrived yet!
In the moment
Let’s look at the past. We all know people who tend to ‘Live in the past’. Most of their conversation relates to memories of people from earlier days. They might even sport Elvis haircuts or trousers with flares. Some look back, regretting lost opportunities saying things like "If only I had my time over again!" or brooding over mistakes they made or things they got wrong. The one thing that is absolutely certain, we aren’t able to go back and change things.

When we come to look at the future from living in the moment. I am sure we all make plans for the future; imagine what might happen tomorrow or next year; worry about forthcoming events; and hold imaginary conversations in our head. A little anecdote to illustrate.

Roland Halstead was a very successful manufacturer of occasional furniture.
Moving room
He regularly exhibited his products in London, it may have been the Ideal Homes Exhibition or something similar. When in London he stayed in a good hotel, let’s say The Strand Palace. On one such trip after a couple of days, he was asked if he would mind moving to another room as the room he was in was due to be redecorated. The next day he was again asked to move to another room.

He wasn’t having it! He demanded to see the manager at reception and on his way down in the lift rehearsed the conversation. What he would say and how the manager would respond. He prepared carefully worded phrases and responses to the excuses he would be offered. He stood by the reception desk and the smartly dressed manager approached. "Here we go!" he thought. The manager smiled, held out his hand and said "Mr Halstead, I am so sorry. Are we buggering you about?" Roland’s carefully thought out conversation collapsed like a pricked balloon "No, I just wondered if we could make sure I won’t have to move again but it’s no real problem"

Living in the ‘Now’ isn’t easy. If you are anything like me, your mind is never still. Recalling past events and, in my case, worrying about the future. People say I worry about having nothing to worry about.
Now that’s a worry.

Worry


Comment from William

IRISH PHILOSOPHY

There are only two things to
worry about:
either you are well or you are sick.
If you are well,
then there is nothing to worry about.
If you are sick,
there are two things to worry about.
Either you will get well or you will die.
If you get well,
there is nothing to worry about.
If you die,
there are two things to worry about.
Either you will go to heaven or hell.
If you go to heaven,
there is nothing to worry about.
But if you go to hell,
you'll be so damn busy shaking hands
with your friends.
You won't have time to
WORRY!!


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