Have you ever had a time when you did something you regretted and wish you could live that one moment, that one second, over again? Or looking down the road in the other direction, have you ever worried about what was coming down the track, trying to plan for the future? Things like who you’re going to marry, what your career will look like 10 years from now, what your kids are going to become, how you’re going to retire or what your health will be? Reflecting on the past, or planning for the future is healthy, but worrying about it is not. If you’re a worrier… read on…
We all spend too much time worrying about the past or planning for things that we have no hope of changing and this is just a simple reminder that we should be focused on the now.
When you look at the drawing above, keep in mind there is nothing we can do to change the past. Nothing. It can’t be done. So, why worry about it. You are… where you are. The only path we have, is to move forward.
As you move forward though, look at all the uncertainties that surround us. There are not many truisms in life, but the fact that change will always occur is one of them. If you consider that each spec in the drawing above is a person or event that can alter the course of your life, there are millions of possible outcomes the further you look ahead.
The arc and the triangle illustrate the limited things we can impact now, and even then, events or people can bring about change in an instant. Do things today, this very minute, that will move you in the direction you want to go. Don’t get too far ahead of yourself though. Expect that the next hour, or the next day, or the next month will bring about change. As you move forward down your path in life, just continue to live in the now and react to what life brings you.
Oh and by the way, if you’re a parent of a young child, enjoy your time with them today and stop worrying about their future. You don’t have as much control as you think, and you’ll have greater peace if you just live in the now.
All the best!
All the time!