It's over, it's over, it's over
Summer came and passed away
Hardly seemed to last a day
But it's over, and what can I do?
Music playing in the air
Silence on a darkened stair
'Cause it's over, and what can I do?
The above is the intro and first verse of ELO's amazing song, "It's Over". It was written and produced by Jeff Lynne on 3 October 1977, the same year I returned with my parents from South Africa. It was also the year that the first Star Wars film was released — 27 December 1977. I would have been 10.
I don't know if you're a fan of ELO but it so represents my life right now.
And what can I do?
Nothing it appears but reminisce.
But we all know the past is the past.
Done. Finished. Gone.
Qua humans, we don't like this. Instead, we'd much rather rummage around in the boot of our past hoping (I assume) to learn from our errant ways, make ourselves feel better, say, with the passing of time or, perhaps, to reflect on something that made us feel icky but, now, just perhaps, we can (at least) come to terms with.
Then again, why bother?
And, as the old saying goes, there is only now.
Right here; right now.
And it's perfect until that is our stupid little Lizard and/or logical brain gets hold of it and turns it into another drama.
Sorry, I know all this sounds ignorant of our real lives but as someone who's been known to drive himself a little potty ruminating on 'what-might-have-been', please take it from me (you can, of course, completely ignore me!) that if you're able to bring your attention to the present moment and not spend hours, days, or even a whole lifetime trying to comprehend the past, then life (as they say) might be a little easier.
Well, for a start, you'll understand that you can't change the past — no matter how hard you try — and living for now, which is special and/or unique, is far more beneficial for your soul.
For instance, too many of us don't hear what's being said; we don't see what's being seen; and we don't taste what we're tasting.
Why, because, more often than not, we're thinking about something else including in large measure the past experience.
If you can, as a primer, try tasting your food as if you'd never eaten it before. Savour every mouthful; eat more slowly; and don't try to rush through it.
Sure, it's easier said than done, but as I started off by saying, sooner or later...
it will be over.
Enjoy your day(s).
If you're interested, I offer a limited number of places for coaching clients where I ask you to consider your direct experience of life and what it means to awaken to true self.