The past is nothing more than a story. It is the imagined wake to the eternal vessel of Now.
“Be daring. Be different. Be impractical. Be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers. The creatures of the commonplace. The slaves of the ordinary.” – Cecil Beaton
“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” – Albert Camus
“An effective way to overcome the inner commentary is to develop a refined present-moment awareness. You watch every moment so closely that you simply don’t have the time to comment about what has just happened.” – Ajahn Brahm
“And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more.
People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence.” – Paul Simon
“Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing” – Aristotle
Any opinion is opposed by somebody, which is simply a tactic of nature to ensure members of our species are different enough to each other that the species as a whole can survive the various scenarios nature throws at us. So don’t take it so personally when someone contradicts you, even if they themselves are doing so in an emphatic way.
Cultivate the best aspects of your deeper nature.