The economy has changed. Geography has changed. The politics are changing. You'll find changes, unbelievable changes. There's no reason for you to worry about those changes. All they're inviting you to do is to change too. It is so shocking to me when you say, “Oh, unfortunately my mother did this to me.” “Oh, as a child it happened to me.” You do not know that you have a teacher. His name is Yogi Bhajan. He said one thing, “Those who live in the past have no future.” How blunt a statement can be made? One statement is made so loud and clear, without any reservation or argument and still you don't understand what you are doing to yourself? The past is yesterday, that's your memory, that's your glory. You can talk about it, it doesn't mean a thing. That's yesterday. You can remember it, you can repeat it, you can propagate it, you can learn about it, whatever you say. But it's already gone. Today you can't stop, it is already going. Tomorrow, if you are not prepared, is on you. And all the energy you put in the past, you take away from tomorrow. That's where your sorrow lies. That's why you don't have the energy to make everything possible.
This life of yours is enjoyable, but you can't enjoy it. Because if you play it right, then you can enjoy it. It is a game. You'll be happy when you win. If you can't win in your own life, when are you going to win? What does any other victory mean to you? Some people are afraid of commitment. They think it is slavery, going into the dungeon. No, you are meant to commit: commit-ment. It is meant to commit. What you commit to is your choice. If you are married to fun and loyal to none, that is your commitment. Then enjoy it. Be cheap. What price you put on yourself is your price. And the only life that is worth living is graceful, which is priceless. Pricelessness is deathlessness. Then you ultimately become a very reputed person.
© 1992 The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan
Previously published in Aquarian Times, May 2009.