With certainty, now is what we have


One of the things I have varied opinions about is conversations with millennials. Many are imaginatively wise beyond their comprehensive ability. I say that not to be rude or somehow disrespectful, but to paint a picture of just how limiting the lack of life experience renders one to even begin to fathom life. All generations go through this phase of growth and development. When I was in my twenty-somethings, I felt I had the market sewn up on all things wise. One of the signs of my inability to grasp the concept of wisdom was my regular practice of harking back to times when I would say, “I should have, or I wish I had of.” If that wasn’t the case, I would often find myself saying, “When I reach a certain point, I will do this or that.”

Wait a minute, I’m being unfair to millennials. This practice of not living in the present isn’t something that only millennials do. I find far too many people do it. Why is there not a clear understanding among us all that the only real-time we have is now? We may reminisce about the great days gone by, but that’s just what they are gone by. Often, they weren’t as great as we have romanticized them to be. If we’re not inaccurately digging through the past, we’re prophesying about what will happen in the future. It’s as if the past didn’t grant us all that we wished and now is questionable in its ability to grant good fortune; therefore, tomorrow will cause all elements of the universe to gel in our favor.

The one thing we all have equal possession of is the here and now. Tomorrow might be something we look forward to; however, when it arrives it’s now. I once heard someone say, humorously, that tomorrow never comes, because when it arrives, it’s today. It’s almost as if the linear operation of time forces us to recognize that “now” is all we must do our best at living life. Can you imagine what the world would be like if we all did our best at living in the now? If we all made our best effort at work, at being a family member, at being a neighbor, at being a citizen of the nation in which we live. Each of us would understand uniquely what carpe diem means. Each of us would emerge from our place of abode at the beginning of the day determined to feel good at day’s end about what we’ve accomplished.

Our time is limited in this life. We have no credit column clearly lined out that tells us how long we have left. However, we do have a deficit column that tells us how well we’re spending the God-given time in the now. God gives each of us the now as if it were a single page on which we’re to write our legacy a page at a time. Some of us are given more pages than others, however, the number of pages doesn’t matter, how well we write does.

I’m old and blessed…hope you will be too.

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