Letting go of the past and not thinking about the future is hard to do. Not impossible, but hard. You've made some bad decisions in the past that you can't stop thinking of, and you have some apprehensions of the future that keep haunting you. But for some reason, the PRESENT doesn't seem to bother you because you're barely thinking about it. You're too busy thinking about both the past and future.
Isn't that something? We have the most control in the present, but we spend more of our time thinking about the past and future, two of which we have NO control over. The past is over, so any control that we did have back then is gone. The future isn't even guaranteed, so we have no control in that area. But we DO have control of what we do today. And what you do TODAY could make the future brighter for you.
There have been times when I said hurtful things to people, particularly to girls (don't ask why, because I don't know!), and what has been said has been said. I can't take it back. I can't rewind time to re-live the moment that I've messed up. But being in the present, I went to the people that I've hurt and apologized with a sincere heart. When I said those hurtful things, I was playing around but didn't realize that those people took my words to heart. After realizing the damage that I've done, I wasted no time going to those people and apologizing.
What did my apologies do? They redeemed me, because those people forgave me. My apologies made my future brighter with these people because they saw that I accepted the fault and was willing to admit my mistakes. I had a good relationship with all of these people after I apologized.
Now, what if I just spent my time worrying about what I've done (the past) and worrying about the impacts of my actions (the future) and did nothing to fix the situation (the present)? I wouldn't have had any good relationships with the people I hurt. But by taking action (the present), I could redeem myself and make my future brighter.
The most important time in your life is NOW. Not yesterday, because it's gone. Not tomorrow, because it hasn't happened yet. But NOW because NOW is going on right NOW.
How healthy are you going to be in the future? When you get old, would you be laid up in the nursing home wearing diapers and playing Bingo with your fellow residents? You don't know, but what you do NOW would determine how you get old in the future. You could be 90 years old and running marathons, or you could be 90 years old and bed-ridden. What you do TODAY will determine the course of your future -- which hasn't happened yet.
You were smoking since you were 13 years old. Whatever damaged this action has done has been done. But if you stopped smoking NOW, then your actions could improve your future. There is no sense worrying about how unhealthy you were in the past. What matters is what you're going to do TODAY to redeem yourself.
What does it mean to "redeem" yourself? If you go to church, then you've heard this word plenty of times. The word comes from the Latin word that means "to buy back." If you sold something to somebody else or if you've lost property to whatever means, you could "redeem" or buy back your property. The main idea is that if you lost something, you could get it back by taking action NOW. Once you redeem something, you could improve your future.
We truly don't realize the power of the present. We spend too much time worrying about the future that we forget that our future depends on what we do NOW. Sitting around worrying about tomorrow is about as productive as trying to make grass grow by simply watching it.
Will you age gracefully? You don't know, but if you do nothing about your health during the present, you could be sure that you won't. Will your children like you when they get older? Anything is possible, but if you keep treating your kids poorly in the present, then there's a good chance that they won't have anything to do with you when they grow up. Would you still have your job tomorrow? Well, even the best employees could lose their jobs. But if you're not learning any new skills NOW, then should you lose your job, you might have a hard time finding another one in the future. Will you still have money in the future? Again, anything could happen, but if you continue being wasteful with your money, then should you lose your source of income, you won't have much money saved up.
You could arrive at your future with confidence or with [non-pleasant] surprise. It all depends on what you're doing (or not doing) today. So whatever project that you wanted to do, get started on that TODAY. Need to apologize to somebody? Do it TODAY. Want to learn a new skill for employment reasons? Learn TODAY. Want to be healthy in your old age? Then fix your health TODAY. Take that exercise class. Eat those greens. Drink more water. Do these things TODAY. If you let life slip through your fingers TODAY, then tomorrow would truly be unpredictable. But if you're taking action NOW, then whatever happens in the future won't take you by surprise.
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