“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That‘s why we call it the present.” Babatunde Olatunji.
Today Not Tomorrow.
So what do you do with your today? Robert Frost chose the road maligned by most, he took no detours nor did he allow any hurdle to block his way, and as he stated “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the road less travelled by, and that has made all of the difference”
For sure all that is certain is this very moment.
My thoughts have a tendency to jump all over the place; I can never seem to just be in the present moment. If I am not thinking about my future plans, I’m reflecting on my past actions and how they led me to where I am in that very moment. But then I remember what the Good book says in Mathew 6:34 that, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.”
I know I am not the only one who suffers from overthinking. If I am, why then has a book been published on the topic? Eckhart Tolle — a genius, in my opinion — wrote a powerful book entitled, “The Power Of Now.”
It is not easy to fully be present in the very moment you are living. It takes strong will to let go of the past and allow the future unknown to unfold itself without worry. The very nature of the future is itself a mystery and thus subject to change as decisions good or otherwise, made, affect the course of our future.
It’s in our nature to remember the past, to allow it to envelope us with thoughts of speculation. My advice is to not relive what was, but instead, to pave a new path.
When your head’s stuck in the past or the future, your actions won’t be based on your current reality and you’ll have essentially given away your agency to make the very best of this situation. Because “Today is the tomorrow that you worried about yesterday” as Dale Carnegie succinctly put it.
Do not concern yourself with the future, for tomorrow is never promised; your past does not determine your future. Live today with the mindset that it is your last, do not sell your values, belief, identity and being for a future established on shattered dreams, broken promises and destroyed values.
Stressing over the future can throw you off track from your destiny.
Today, not tomorrow — all we have is now.
The author Festus Oppong Kwabena Asante (FOKA)
Festus Oppong Kwabena Asante is an avid reader, kopite, journalist and sports writer. He is an art and poetry lover, whose favorite pastime is to watch his beloved REDS conquer all of England, Europe and the World.