As Americans, we are always preparing and planning for things that are not promised. We are always looking ahead to things that are not guaranteed. The hustle and bustle of our day to day and what is expected of us as we grow older can sometimes overwhelm us to the point of constantly focusing on what is ahead instead of what is now.
Many of us save and prepare for retirement not knowing if we will ever get to live it. Parents save and plan for their children to go to college not knowing if they will even want to go to college. Students look forward to the day they will graduate not knowing if they will ever see that day come. Many of us plan our adulthood, the house we dream of living in and the family we will someday have, not knowing if any of these dreams will ever come to pass.
Don’t get me wrong, it is necessary to plan and prepare for the future, but why do we put so much effort on the future instead of focusing on today? Why don’t we put more effort in the now? We are not promised tomorrow! So, pick up the phone and call that friend and say, “I’m sorry”, take that family vacation, go to lunch with an old friend, the dirty dishes will still be there in an hour so spend some extra time with your kids now. Enjoy every moment you are given.
As we enter the new year, we should all make this our goal. January has flown by and in a world that is constantly changing and so stressful, slow down a little, live a little more, be kind, enjoy time with people who mean the most to you, and make now meaningful.
“Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.” – Wayne Dyer