Was yesterday really better than today?

November 2, 2017

Picture of yesterday

 

It is often said by ‘those in the know’ that the past offered more opportunities, less stress and endless hours of enjoyment yet, honestly, was yesterday really better than today?

How we actually determine the answer to this question “Was yesterday really better than today?”, and I am not sure any response would hold up to a ‘scientific investigation’, is a matter of personal interpretation.

It is not unusual for us to cherry-pick particularly pleasant and enjoyable moments from our memories. We recall relatively easily those occasions we lived fully and achieved success in any area of life we wish to think about. Positive peak moments invariably push negative events into a secondary position.

In all probability, yesterday, as today, contained a variety of ‘good’, ‘bad’ and ‘neutral’ moments. Was yesterday really better than today? Most likely no. Past successes are remembered without recalling the effort required to achieve them and the many setbacks encountered prior to reaching them.

Today, on the other hand, is so present in our minds it is perhaps difficult to evaluate objectively the day without focusing on all the commitments and tasks still needing to be dealt with. Giving our all now, in any case, sets us up to look back tomorrow upon today with a sparkle in our eyes.

Let me close by asking again “Was yesterday really better than today?” To share your thoughts, please leave a comment below.

Brian.

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer, Adjunct Professor and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate and individual clients.

As an Adjunct Professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.

Brian’s goal is to support through coaching, training and writing all who wish to reach their full potential, in education, work or life in general.

You can contact Brian via e-mail (brian@bgdtcoaching.com), by clicking on the icons or leaving a comment below.

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Appreciating the past as richness of the present

August 6, 2017

Past riches

 

‘Shiny’ and ‘New’ certainly have their place in society even as we go about appreciating the past as richness of the present.

The kaleidoscope of the moment contains a variety of ideas, themes and input deriving from yesterday, today and in a certain sense also tomorrow. The value of the whole justifies the single pieces. Possibly, for this reason, we should engage in appreciating the past as richness of the present.

With built-in obsolescence ingrained in many items, it is difficult to imagine being able to propose a similar enquiry in say five hundred years with reference to today’s constructions and the like. Nevertheless, as stated before, all items – ancient, actual and who knows even future ones – add to the wealth of the present.

It is natural to move from merely appreciating the past as richness of the present to asking how to go about appreciating and using what we have without destroying it as we do so. The dilemma regarding public consumption and private conservation is perhaps best left to others as it falls outside the scope of this post.

In any case, being grateful for the efforts of long-gone artists who created so much beauty for us to still enjoy is potentially a way of appreciating the past as richness of the present.

Brian.

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer, Adjunct Professor and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate and individual clients.

As an Adjunct Professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.

Brian’s goal is to support through coaching, training and writing all who wish to reach their full potential, in education, work or life in general.

You can contact Brian via e-mail (brian@bgdtcoaching.com), by clicking on the icons or leaving a comment below.

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