Ignore The Future

Photo by David Clemens, 2015

Photo by David Clemens, 2015

We spend a lot of our lives trying to assure that everything in our lives is making our future life is better than our present life.  We want to have everything in place so we are never alone, never hungry, never without shelter and able to enjoy the bounty of the life we have worked hard to build.  This sets up The Someday Syndrome in our lives.  We work so hard for our future that we ignore our present and somehow the future never really arrives.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

So instead of living our dreams, we work hard to build a future where the dreams come true. What if we believed that here and now was the place and time to live our dreams? What if we believed our dreams are beautiful right now? If that is the life we want, why wait to live that life? Would our present become our future? And, would our future manifest more fully day-by day who we really are? Could this kick The Someday Syndrome to the curb?

“Why didn’t I learn to treat everything like it was the last time.
My greatest regret was how much I believed in the future.”
― Jonathan Safran FoerExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Here’s the deal.  I have no guarantee that tomorrow will come.  I have no guarantee in fact that I’ll live long enough to finish this post and share it with the World.  The only guarantee I have is this moment in time, the now.  Do I really want to work for a future that may never be?

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
― Mother Teresa

Now I’m not suggesting that I quit working toward tomorrow and preparing for the winter of my life.  I am suggesting that I give up the false assurance of tomorrow and quit worrying about trying to make the future just so and live today with all I have in my heart and soul.  Today may be my last day.  Today may be your last day.  I say, “Let’s make it an awesome day!”

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