The Dance

Attention is the Currency of Consciousness: The Dance of Future and Past


The concept of “The Dance” serves as a powerful metaphor for understanding the intersection of our past, present, and future. In this dance, the dance floor symbolizes the present moment—a realm where the Future and Past come together to create our lived reality.

The Players: The Love Story of Future and Past

In this ethereal dance, the Future is a gallant partner, full of vigor and endless possibilities. He’s the dreamer, the one who can envision countless steps and moves, forever keeping the dance alive with novelty and excitement. Yet, for all his unpredictability, he is deeply enamored with the Past—a graceful dancer rooted in stillness, etched with memory, and resistant to change.

The Past, for her part, is a keeper of history, a dancer who has already made her moves and stands firmly grounded on the dance floor. She never forgets, holding the weight of every action, every choice. Though she may be resistant to change, she finds herself entranced by the Future, who honors her deeply, never overwhelming her with possibilities too radical for her to accept.

In this intricate dance, the Future leads, but not without acknowledging the essential foundation that the Past provides. He respects her, obliges her, and in his leading, helps her evolve. He teases out the next version of her, guiding her into steps she never thought she could take, yet always honoring the dance they’ve already completed.

The Dance Floor: The Grand Theater of Human Experience

The dance floor is not merely a physical or metaphysical space; it’s the grand theater of all human experience. This is where every breathtaking sunset, every flutter of a butterfly’s wing, and every awe-inspiring cityscape comes to life. It is the fertile ground where the Future’s endless possibilities meet the Past’s unyielding certainties, and in their confluence, the most magnificent tapestry of life is woven.

Here, in the wake of their beautiful dance, lies the awe-inspiring present moment. It’s an ever-changing masterpiece, a dynamic canvas colored by their interactions. This dance floor is where you and I and every human being find ourselves, not as passive spectators, but as active participants. We are part of this grand theater, contributing our own steps to the dance, enriching the tapestry with every action and choice we make.

It’s a space that invites us not just to observe but to engage—to be fully alive and appreciative of the miraculous interplay that creates our reality. To stand on this dance floor is to be at the nexus of past and future, and to recognize it is to be filled with an overwhelming sense of gratitude. Grateful for the chance to participate, to contribute our own unique steps to this extraordinary dance, and to be a part of something far greater than ourselves.

The Participant: You

We are not mere spectators of this love story; we are active participants on the dance floor. Our actions, our choices, contribute to the history that the Past holds. In essence, we help write their love story, our deeds becoming her memories, influencing how she will dance with the Future next.

The Choreography: Habitual Action

While it’s tempting to believe that grand plans and strategies determine our life’s course, it’s actually our habits that are the true architects of our future. Plans are theoretical; habits are practical. Plans are made in moments of inspiration; habits are executed in the grind of everyday life. Your actions make history, and that history in turn shapes the steps you can take next, as you dance with the Future.

The Technique: Attention to Detail

Leading doesn’t work with the Future; it’s a dance partner that doesn’t follow scripts or take cues. Instead, the art lies in following its lead, in being alert to the clues and signals it provides. This requires paying keen attention to the details—the small, often overlooked elements that make up the larger picture. It’s in these details that the Future whispers its secrets, offering glimpses of the possibilities that await.


The concept of “The Dance” serves as an allegory for the interconnectedness of our past, present, and future. It is a dynamic interplay that creates our reality, and our role in it is as crucial as the dancers themselves. By understanding and engaging in this dance, we become architects of our destiny, shaping it through our actions and attention to detail. We engage with both the Past and the Future on this grand theater of human experience, understanding that it’s not about controlling the dance but about participating in it with full awareness and intention.

Author: John Rector

John Rector, a former IBM executive and co-founder of e2open, has an impressive portfolio of leadership roles across a range of companies and industries. In the realm of digital marketing, he has successfully led Social Media Target, ensuring its competitiveness in the ever-evolving digital landscape. He has also served operationally at Rainbow Packaging, focusing on the delivery of farm-fresh produce. John's creativity and vision for web technologies shine through at Bodaro and Palm ❤️, the latter being a graphic design studio founded in June 2023. He has also ventured into the education sector with Nextyrn, a tutoring startup that leverages AI for personalized learning experiences. His entrepreneurial spirit has also seen the founding of Potyn, an innovative project that uses AI to create bespoke art. The newest additions to his extensive portfolio include Nozeus, Infinia, Blacc Ink, and Maibly, further expanding his influence across various industries.

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