We “Create” Our Own Futures

“The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created–created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating.” – unattributed

Is it possible that I’m creating my own tomorrow right here and now? When I think about it, how can it be possible that I’m not doing so? After all, my decisions and actions today definitely will affect what tomorrow will be like, no matter how tempting it may be to deny that reality. And my actions and decisions depend upon the way that I see the world and the people in it, as well as how I see my place in it.
Most people tend to perpetuate their current situations by not changing the way they act or the things they do. They may not be completely happy or content, but they feel a certain comfort in acting in certain ways. And just as their actions of last week, last month, and last year have brought them where they are now, if they continue to do things in the same ways–their tomorrows will not be all that different. There will be nothing new and exciting there because they have not done any actions that could create that kind of tomorrow.

Many people do not like the idea that we may be creating our own futures–to have that kind of responsibility hanging over their heads. They may not want to think that what they see as negative conditions may be the result of their own actions, and that they alone can change things for the better. Isn’t it easier to live with ourselves when our circumstances are someone else’s fault?

What can I create today for my tomorrow? What can I do today that will allow room in my tomorrow for positive, uplifting conditions? And just how can I do those things?

It is, truly, up to me.

Questions to consider:

Why might we not like to think that we can “create” our own futures?

Think of someone you admire a lot. What kinds of actions does that person tend to take? Why?

What kinds of actions tend to keep us “stuck” in the same circumstances? Why do we continue taking such actions?

For further thought:

“Tomorrow, you promise yourself, will be different, yet tomorrow is too often a repetition of today.” – James T McCay

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