Apr 21, 2015

    Shape your future in the present

    MANY tales have been told of time - mainly about what happens to humans when the past is tampered with, or when time is wasted.

    Our pasts are sure to be filled with many "what if" moments, such as wrongs we wish we could make right. Our futures, meanwhile, may be filled with uncertainties.

    However, many of us do not realise how much power we have to change the course of our lives by utilising the present.

    According to renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, if we were to live in the fourth dimension, we would be able to control our past, present and future, just as we can control our 3D world by being able to physically move around to whichever location we choose.

    Since we clearly have a long way to go before our species enter the fourth dimension, we are - as Dr Tyson put it - "prisoners of the present".

    So, we might as well make the best of what we have and focus on what we can do at this very moment to change things. But how does one go about doing this?


    For starters, we should be more mindful of what we are doing now and how it is getting us to where we want to be in the future.

    We can accomplish this by taking things a little slower when working on something crucial to our development.

    By starting ahead of time and doing things slowly, we can be more aware of our mistakes and therefore, have more time to right our wrongs and learn valuable lessons that are sure to benefit us in the future.


    We seem to forget to show our loved ones how important they are to us. Showing how grateful we are to them strengthens our bond with them and makes us happier, according to research.

    The more we show our appreciation, the more happiness we accumulate over time, therefore making us happier in the future.


    We often overlook the importance of fun and taking breaks.

    Instead of constantly working, we also need time off. Spend that time with the important people in our lives and savour those moments.

    Life is nothing without fun, so it is crucial that we spend the time we have to balance work and career development with activities that help make life worth living.

    We would not want to look back on our time on this earth and regret that we took everything so seriously.

    Every moment that passes idly by will never come back again. So, it is important that we take full advantage of the time we have.

    Let us all get out there and seize the present.