OBE

A question, a plan, an issue is Overcome by Events (OBE), when things happen that answer the question, void the plan or make the issue irrelevant. An example is the question reporter Bill Simons posed to tennis G.O.A.T. Serena Williams during a post-French Open-match press conference.

After stating that Donald Trump suggested after the 2004 Wimbledon final (won by Maria Sharapova) “that you were intimidated by her supermodel good looks” he asked Williams “Have you ever been intimidated by anyone on a tennis court, and what are you thoughts about that occurrence?”

Fourteen years and 19 wins against this “rival” not to mention her record breaking 23 Grand Slam titles, most in the Open Era…this question was OBE. The premise for it was racist and ridiculous and Williams had already answered it…on the court. I guess he wasn’t paying attention.

Inhale Present, Exhale Past…
Inhale Awareness, Exhale Oblivion…
Inhale Relevance, Exhale Irrelevance…
Just Breathe

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Prelude

We could choose to see everything we’ve experienced in the past as a prelude to and preparation for the magnificent present we are experiencing now…

What’s past is prologue.” ~ William Shakespeare, The Tempest

Inhale Past, Exhale Unconsciousness…
Inhale Prelude, Exhale Unreadiness…
Inhale Preparation, Exhale Unpreparedness…
Just Breathe

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Preclude

We see our present experiences through the blurry filter of our past experiences. Time and time again, we allow our past to pop up and block our present. But our previous experiences don’t have to preclude what we want to do in the present. We don’t have to be stuck in our story.

…affirming our existence requires affirming the past that led to it.” ~ Todd May

Inhale Present, Exhale Past…
Inhale Present, Exhale Prevent…
Inhale Present, Exhale Preclude…
Just Breathe…

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Precious Present

Every anxious thought we have about what might happen, every moment we spend replaying and regretting an action we took or something we didn’t say…every time we give into anger over something done to us that we perceive as negative, we stray away from the precious present.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34, NIV

Inhale Present, Exhale Past…
Inhale Now, Exhale Future…
Inhale Peace, Exhale Frustration…
Just Breathe

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Right Now

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift from God, that’s why they call it the present.” ~  Babatunde Olatunji

This right here, right now moment is all we really have so be in it. Embrace this moment…wallow in it…let it wash over you. Enjoy the wonder, the emotion of it…see what is there to see, experience the flow of life, feel what you are feeling.

…Each day is God’s gift. It’s all you get in exchange for the hard work of staying alive….” Ecclesiastes 9: 7-10

Inhale Now, Exhale Frustration…
Inhale Now, Exhale Worry…
Inhale Now, Exhale Anxiety…
Just Breathe…

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