Chris 🐝R Guest in Global Event Planners Network, beBee in English, Musicians Head of Tax and Financial Controls • Qatargas Mar 25, 2017 · 1 min read · 1.8K

Then and Now...

“Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then”

Bog Seger, “Against the Wind” 1980

Full lyrics at: www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/bobseger/againstthewind.html

The above lyrics from a great song by one of my favorite artists have always resonated with me.

In an autographical retrospective of his life and career “Against the Wind” Mr. Seger reflects on a youthful love, moves on to the hard years of paying his dues whilst “losing his way” and finds eventual redemption in major career success.

The line above is one which bears further reflection both due to the cerebral word play and the inherent meaning and implications which they convey. In the context of his autobiographical tale in song Mr. Seger laments a certain world weariness which has (inevitably?)accompanied his success. He yearns for a more innocent time in his early when the dark side of the price of success was yet to be revealed to the younger Seger.

In further contemplating this I found myself wondering – if our knowledge at any particular time is the collective embodiment of our experience in the world to date, would it ever be possible to filter out the negative world experiences which have formed us and retain only the positive life-affirming ones to propel us forward with the same world view of the younger self?

I thought about various filters and their purpose – sound filters, vision filters, substance filters like coffee filters and their intended purpose to leave behind the negative (bad) and retain the positive (goodness).

Then and Now...

Intellectuals and students of the human psyche of far greater ability then I might have views on to what extent it is possible to condition the mind to retain only the positive in life and leave the rest behind?



Gert Scholtz Mar 26, 2017 · #25

@Chris Guest Certified Prof.Accountant (SA) Thank you for a thought provoking post Chris. All the better for setting it against the song of Seger which is a favorite of mine. Can we eliminate the negative and use only that which propels us positively forward? My two cents would be that yes, but not at a point in time. It is a continual effort and re-setting of the internal compass to destinies yearned for. It is a shaping of the voyage rather than a change in course and an ongoing lightening of the boat to sail more surely in the swells and stills of the sea of life.

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🐝 Fatima G. Williams Mar 26, 2017 · #23

Thanks for the tag @Chris Guest Certified Prof.Accountant (SA) I echo the comment of Deb Lange. Sometimes we need a person or a thing in your case music to filter through those obstacles and help us breaks those walls we have built up only if only wish we realise that's invisible. A figmant of imagination built by those negative experiences. Let the music bring the goodness in you. Keep buzzing 🤗🤗

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Sara Jacobovici Mar 26, 2017 · #21

#20 Love the springboard @Chris Guest Certified Prof.Accountant (SA)! Looking forward to reading your work!

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Chris 🐝R Guest Mar 26, 2017 · #20

@Susan Rooks @Savvy Raj @Pamela 🐝 Williams @Sara Jacobovici @Harvey Lloyd @Ali Anani

Thanks all for the supportive comments on this first humble attempt at a "thought piece" rather than my usual technical blogs. I hope progress further through the medium of some well loved music lyrics and use these as a springboard/ starting point for exploring more universal themes of common interest

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Chris 🐝R Guest Mar 26, 2017 · #19

@ Ali Anani @Deb🐝 Lange @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.

Thanks all for the supportive comments on this first humble attempt at a "thought piece" rather than my usual technical blogs. I hope progress further through the medium of some well loved music lyrics and use these as a springboard/ starting point for exploring more universal themes of common interest

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Dear @ Chris Guest - great post and good on you for wanting to explore your creativity through music and analogy and story. To answer your question re filters requires a longer post. But quickly, thete is gold to be found within what may have occurred that we call negative. Of course we need to discern how to move away from abuse, but events in life with people that may surface conflict are often a pond to swim in for awhile, to clean away the murky waters, find the gold and sense the transformation from within and without. Great topic for another post.

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