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September 27, 2012 / W. Stanton Smith

Career tip #11 Play today’s game…not yesterday’s or tomorrow’s

This statement may seem cliched…but so what? There is a lot of truth in the statement. If you made mistakes yesterday, learn from them and try to do better today. Resist the temptation to revel in the sometimes “delicious” feelings of being done wrong by someone or dreaming about future revenge. All we have is today and adorning yesterday or tomorrow which don’t exist anymore or yet takes your focused concentration off today. By distracting yourself you are almost guaranteeing another yesterday of regret and tomorrow of underachieving.

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  1. John L. Indo / Sep 28 2012 6:24 am

    The present is always convulsing into the future. How we interpret our visions of the future–especially our personal future–confers meaning on our past. This is part of our evolutionary heritage as “tool makers.” With tools and creative imagination thus implemented, we made our own pathways. It is with tools and creative imagination that we become our own heroes or our own worst enemy.

  2. John L. Indo / Sep 28 2012 10:00 pm

    Only fools and monks search for truth. A free man makes it. —F. Neitzsche

    • W. Stanton Smith / Sep 29 2012 11:09 am

      John, if you mean that the search for truth is not an occupation for all of us, I disagree. But if you are inferring that the person who reasons, wills and then acts can create a different future over which he or she exerts some significant control as compared to the passive person, I would agree.

      • John L. Indo / Sep 30 2012 1:21 am

        My quotation of Neitzsche is from his essay, “Human, All Too Human.” By claiming that only fools and monks search for truth, Neitzsche is implying that it is abortive to search for a “fixed and final” truth as religious dogmatist frequently do. Our notions of truth are always unfolding as finite emanations of an infinite universe. We are always “in process and transition.” No one may lay claim to a final state of affairs. When one reads Neitzsche one must be aware of his peculiar irony and uses of allegory. He is never to be taken literally. If we take Neitzsche literally we will miss the point altogether. Many feminists “freak out” over Neitsche’s statement that: “When you go to your woman forget not your whip.” Neitzsche was by no means a wife beater. In fact, he valued able and productive women. In the foregoing statement he was ridiculing passive, subservient women, not taking advantage of them.–John I.

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