It’s hard to do, isn’t it?
We seem wired to want to predict, know about, anticipate, prepare for, control the future—especially now.
Author Seth Godin (www.sethgodin.com) says this about predicting the future:
We do it all the time. Constantly.
We’re terrible at it.
We spend our days guessing how an action will impact the future, and we’re often wrong…
What if, instead, just for a little while, we simply did our best?
And let the future take care of itself.
To take Godin’s thought a step further, what if, just for today, we focused most of our attention on living today well? And let tomorrow take care of itself.
That raises an interesting question:
Is an ordinary day worthy of giving our whole heart and mind and humanity to?
The poet Mary Oliver wrote:
It’s a serious thing to be alive on this fresh morning in the broken world.
She’s saying: Today matters. You matter. And that is even true in quarantine.
I think one of the things we may realize more deeply during this difficult time is this:
As we learn to bring more of ourselves to ordinary moments—more quiet attentiveness, more human presence, more listening, even more humor—we may come to see that there are no ordinary moments.
Maybe we can’t entirely forget the future. But maybe we can get even better at making ourselves at home in the present.