Everything new that will ever happen to you, to me, to any of us – will happen in your future, not your past. Sure, simplistic and obvious – a no-consequences statement.
But stop a moment.
Think about that.
Everything you’ve ever done is in the past. Little of that carries forward, lasts or does much on its own – in other words, our future (if we have one) is not determined by what we’ve done already, but rather it is determined by what we haven’t done yet, things we haven’t started yet and things we haven’t thought of yet …
Everything we can control, is in our future, not in our past.
Everything that will be different in our lives is in our future, not in our past.
Everybody who has a future had a past – some well invested, some thrown away. Most of us have had a mix of that – somewhere between cruel and gruel, some things to make us smile, some to cringe over and most so barely notable we can’t recall it and wouldn’t recognize ourselves from the others if we were watching a movie of our lives.
The future could look like the past – most of us making the same kind of decisions based on the same kind of evidence that got us here. Whether or not those decisions worked out happily, there is not guarantee our future will come in a similar form or simply. It will likely be different in every department of health, wealth, relationships and choices.
Welcome to this new place, this is your future.
Have a nice stay – you’ll spend the rest of your life here.
written / published from Calgary, AB
morning walk with Gusta: 5C/40F, mostly clear … yesterday’s thunderstorm sure cooled things off; Gusta found lots of wet grass and needed a good rub down with a towel – streets are long-weekend-quiet, in-box is empty, phone isn’t ringing – a perfect day for reading and writing and put some work in the past so it won’t junk-up my future …
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