“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That‘s why we call it the present,” Babatunde Olatunji.
So what do you do with your today? Robert Frost, quite unlike most, 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 to 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 were, why then would Eckhart Tolle — a genius, in my opinion — write a powerful book entitled, “The Power Of Now”? A worthwhile read, I assure you.
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– it’s pain, lost love, family departed and friendship bonds torn asunder by time and situations outside our control– and yet, we must 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. In layman’s terms; the future is ours to control, to hold and to do with as we please to our benefit or otherwise.
Our actions and inactions shape this future and to dwell on the past is to render our present ineffectual and our past malformed. Truly the past shapes who we are and to let go is impossible… However understanding and appreciating that all things happens for our good not only rests our spirit but props us up for the future, whatever it may be!
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. Don’t let go of the cherished memories shared but remember that to live on, is to pay tribute to the role they have played in your life for YOU carry their memories and thus, they (loved ones lost) live on through you.
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 situations in the NOW.
Because “Today is the tomorrow that you worried about yesterday” as Dale Carnegie so succinctly put it.
Do not concern yourself with the future, for tomorrow is never promised; your past does not determine your future. YOU do!
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; and your destiny is not yours alone and is almost always intertwined with others on your path. It is beholden to you that you keep the faith and understand that to live is in its own way a tribute!
Today, not tomorrow — All we have, is now!