Deja Vue

This afternoon, I walked upstairs from my home office to see how things were going with my son. Gabe was left with me for the afternoon while Mom and the girls headed off to appointments. There was Gabe, sitting in our family room, watching Ratatouille. Again. Right now, it's his favorite movie. I think that's ok, too. It has a lot of worthwhile things to teach as it entertains.

One of them I mentioned briefly last week: a quote from Chef Auguste Gusteau: If you focus on what you left behind, you will never see what lies ahead.

And as with Gabriel's watching of the film again, I think that quote is worth another look.

Last time I mentioned it, I mentioned the revelation that is in a name and how Tania Gabrielle helped me see mine (you can learn more about her insightful work here: This time, I'd like to look more carefully at the quote.

"If you focus on what you left behind..."

Where is your focus? I remember a round of golf on a beautiful summer day in Colorado on a championship course. I was playing like a hack. I'm not very skilled, but I was really playing poorly this day. As I played I remember an observation that I had been told about the difference between a professional and an average player: the professional lets go of his bad shots and celebrates his success while an average player treats his success like it's boring and carries his failures for a long time -- usually multiplying their impact.

"If you focus on what you left behind..."

Where is your focus?

You can't change history. You can't go back. You can't fix what you did or didn't do. History can teach, but it can do nothing else.

Don't focus there!

If you do, " will never see what lies ahead."

And ahead is the only way we can go.

This is a primary view that you need to have when it comes to your life and time. Your understanding of and perspective of time is vital. And most people don't have a real one. They pretend and live a life of wishful thinking.

Don't you be that way. See what lies ahead...

Let's go!

Stephen Sven Hultquist

PS The pre-publication offer for Time Shaving is still available. Check it out here: