Apply "Think Globally, Act Locally" to Time

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"In Eternity, everything is just beginning." - Elias Cannetti

Sometimes, new cliches happen overnight. This was the case with "Think Globally, Act Locally". The philosophy behind this phrase taps into a truth deep inside each of us. That truth is that we must expand our vision to see the consequences of our actions.

I've often heard it said that when you pick up one end of the stick, you pick up the other. Another phrase that I hear misstated often is "everything happens for a reason". The real phrasing should be "every result has a cause". These are all part of the same concept. When we do anything, there are consequences. This is the law of sowing and reaping, or as some say reciprocity.

When we apply this principle to time, we find that we must take a long-term perspective. Every decision that we make in this moment will have a future effect. By considering what those consequences might be, our current moment decisions become better exponentially. For example, eating a piece of cake may be the right decision in any given moment; however, from a long-term perspective, it is generally the wrong decision (unless other variables besides weight and health are at play, like making your son, who is a chef, feel appreciated).

Until next time, "Think Future, Act Present".

"Think like a man of action, Act like a man of thought." - Henry Bergson
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