The inanimate objects of Things can be placed in a spot to never move; the animated creatures of human Beings are always doing, and moving towards, something. We move towards Stuff, or we move towards Principles. More than the destination, life is all about the journey!
If I offer for you to take a trip with me by exclaiming, “Let’s go!”, a legitimate response might be to ask, “Where?!”
Why, then, do so many stumble through life unaware that their discomfort in the journey is related to choice of destination? In fact, some actually believe they can “sit on the fence” and “play both ends against the middle” by refusing to choose a direction. Mother Nature hates a vacuum; Fate will make choices for them.
Silly them; not choosing is a choice! By analogy, think of a “fork in the road”. Our choices are Left, or Right. Those who refuse to choose find themselves wedged-up, and high-centered, on the Fork in the middle, and as a result, unable to move!
So, again, the question is: “Which way: Forwards, or Backwards?
To be fair, there is a caveat to this “trick” question. The best answer includes another component, which truly is a Gift.
As human beings, we tend to measure life in the way it is experienced: chronologically. We all have a Past, Present and Future. So, we tend to “Think” in that order; One, Two and Three.
You’ve probably seen the bumper-sticker: “Accountants Do It By The Numbers.” Well, this one does It by the Numbers, and the Letters, too! The result is this Cowboy Poet & Philadelphia Lawyer, who wants you to consider that “One, Two, Three” may have a more precise order. In fact, “Two, One, Three” is what you and I are encouraged to practice.
I am among those who start their morning with:
Give us today the food we need.
Forgive us our mistakes, as we forgive others.
Lead us in the direction best for us and deliver us from harm.
We tend to like our ruts, rotes, and routines; they are very safe and comfortable.
Recently, I was jolted from mine, into the uncomfortable awareness that there is more to those three sentences than what I was mumbling!
Present: Our focus is to be on, “Right here, right now, it’s great to be alive.” Rather than consume ourselves with the insatiable desires of what we want, our awareness is to be on what we, and others, need.
Past: We all make them and they are a burden to our growth, unless we forgive and forget our foibles, and, those of others. Mistakes are simply disguised opportunities to learn important lessons.
Future: It waits for us with bated breath. We have the choice to approach it with resignation and despair, or fascination and curiosity. Since it is of what dreams are made, let’s tackle it!
A favorite quote: “The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no person. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.”
As with so many of life’s riddles, the answer is multi-faceted: We are to focus on the opportunities of today; learn the lessons from the past; and, boldly face the future!