This week, I’ve spent an extra day at home with no special plans. I meant it to be a lazy day. It’s good to have a break every now and then, with no deadlines to beat. The luxury of time, some may call it. A brief pause from everything.
I didn’t set any intention that day. Around afternoon I listened to K-love (my favorite station) and all these christian songs started to fill my room. For a brief moment, my thoughts wandered around what ifs.
I believe most of us get caught up with the uncertainty and mystery of the future. We get so engrossed in “what ifs“ rather than “what is”, in “what could be” rather than “what is now”. That is why the magic of the present gets lost so easily.
The Journey or the Destination
A lot of influential people in the world, including lifestyle gurus, life coach, and motivational speakers advise us to focus on possibilities, the idea of what can be or who we can be. While it is good, I hope we don’t lose sight of the journey just because we are too fixated on the destination.
We all have these hopes and desires for our future, right? We dream about them, fantasize about them, but only a few of us put in the work. We avoid discomfort, difficulties, struggles, and sometimes we even avoid change. So I think the big challenge here is for us to embrace these things instead of avoiding them. To love putting in the hours, the effort, the attitude, knowing that, we are in the process of becoming- the person we want to be, the person that we can be.
Fear of the Future
While some are excited about the future, the rest of the world fears it. Fear of losing a job, a title, a house, an investment, a business, or losing someone close. Such fear also takes us away from the present- – what we have now or who we have, or what we can do. I think the challenge is for us to not be paralyzed by fear, and to let go of control:
- controlling what is uncertain and
- controlling things that are not really up to us,
Rather, we can focus on the next best thing that can be done in our present circumstances.
If you’re constantly chasing rainbows, you’ll miss the beauty of the rain. If you always set your eyes uncovering the mystery of tomorrow, you will miss the ones that are willingly unfolding before your very eyes, right here, right now.
My friend, don’t get to hooked up on the future. You’re here now. Make the most of it.