Where to go from now? This is a question that many of us ask, as we tend to worry sick about the future – career, finances, relationships … We make plans, lists, life maps … you name it, in the hopes of being too careful about how we live our lives and plan our future. We dream of better days, success, and happy lives … and that is good – planning for the future is good; however, we forget about the Now.
It doesn’t matter if you consider yourself a worry wart or not, we all do it – we lose sleep about the promotion, the query, the bills … however, we forget to live the life that we have been gifted on this day. Sometimes, it takes an unfortunate event, or a series (in stubborn cases) to make us realize that the important moment is the one that we have been given by our next breath, and the gift of a brand new day. NOW is what truly matters. I was having this conversation with one of my sisters and we agreed on how futile it is to sweat the big and small stuff when it hasn’t even showed up.
One of my favorite quotes from the bible Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 reads,
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to
embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”
I like it because it reminds me of the Now and of the human condition and nature. In my opinion, this verse “gets us.” Sometimes, we don’t even understand our purpose under the sun; however, the Now is always there, and all we have to do is live it.
Next time the question “Where to go from now?” pops in your mind (or heart) answer it with a simple NOW.