April 27

Some people are making
such thorough preparation
for rainy days that they
aren't enjoying today's

William Feather


Today's Meditation:

One of the traits that I grew up with as an adult child of an alcoholic was that of not trusting the future--much of what I did in life was brought on by my tendency to think that things weren't going to be okay in my life, so I tried to do everything I could to make sure that they didn't go wrong.  In other words, instead of enjoying the present moment, I was always trying to make sure that things didn't go badly tomorrow.  As far as I can recall, my efforts never worked.  And I wasted a lot of sunshine. 

I know plenty of other people who find themselves in that boat.  For whatever reason, they're so focused on making sure that they don't get laid off next week that they're not able to focus on the job they're doing today.  Ironic, isn't it?  Or they're so sure that the relationship they're in is going to fail that instead of enjoying the other person's company, they're constantly trying to manipulate feelings and emotions and events to make sure that the other person doesn't want to leave. . . or won't leave even if they want to.

One of the more interesting things that I've found over the years is that many, many people like to be around people who are enjoying the present moment.  And when I'm fully engaged in the present, I don't spend time thinking about what may happen in the future, so what I do now is more enjoyable, and the results are of higher quality.  Even though that voice inside me sometimes rebels and tries to force me to make preparations for the future, I'm able to discern between the silly voice that's trying to distract me and the logical voice that makes sense. 

After all, sometimes we do need to prepare for the future.  If we're taking a vacation in the summer, then we need to put aside money so that we can enjoy ourselves, don't we?  But when we spend too much time focused on things that may happen and ways to prevent mere possibilities from becoming reality, we squander the quality moments that we could be having right here, right now.

Questions to consider:

Why do so many people fear disasters in their futures when they've actually experienced no real disasters at all?

What effect does focusing on preparing for the future have on our present moments?

How can we recognize when we're preparing for rainy days instead of enjoying this sunny day?

For further thought:

Worry not about the possible troubles of the future; for if
they come, you are but anticipating and adding to their weight;
and if they do not come, your worry is useless; and in either
case it is weak and in vain, and a distrust of God's providence.

Hugh Blair


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