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Looking Back, Fearing the Future, or Living in the Now?

Looking Back, Fearing the Future, or Living in the Now?

Does it matter where you have been? Does it matter what your concerns are about the future? Surely, what’s important is what you are doing right now? That’s what all the positivity gurus are preaching to us. It’s all about mindfulness and living in the moment.

They tell us: “Don’t let your fears of the past or of the future cloud your judgement. Don’t let it make your potential for today a locked gate – there is promise in there but you need to let it out”. Sometimes, this can be inspiring and useful in our everyday lives.

Potential all locked up?

Potential all locked up?

So shouldn’t we be better at reinforcing this message to young people? Project funding is so focussed on distance travelled that it’s easy to forget that we should also be celebrating the simple steps they may take, like deciding to talk about an issue that has been bothering them, or taking the plunge and looking online for careers ideas. Reviewing small achievements is also a great way to relieve stress and stay healthy.

Surely this is what matters the most? Let’s help our young people to realise this, to learn about this early on, before they become jaded and worried like the rest of us.

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2 Responses to Looking Back, Fearing the Future, or Living in the Now?

  1. clare johnson 3rd June 2015 at 9:29 pm #

    Spot on Laura. And there are some really important periods in young people’s lives when this ‘being mindful’ is particularly important, like in the school years of ‘big’ exams and decisons, and for students working hard to gain ‘good’ degrees and to position themselves for successful careers whilst at the same time they are building up huge debts. The space for. Being in the moment can so easily get crowded out

    • 4dblogging 4th June 2015 at 10:00 am #

      Thanks for your comments Clare. I am worried about the increasing reports of poor mental health amongst young people and the current cuts to support services. They should know it is ok to talk about your feelings and concerns. YoungMinds provide an excellent advice line for parents but this is in jeopardy because of costs…

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