“Some people are making such thorough preparation for rainy days that they aren’t enjoying today’s sunshine.” ~ William Feather …
The first thing that came to mind when I read William’s words was a teacher of mine from grade school. I remember walking to church service in the morning as a class, and she would always have her umbrella with her, just in case it would get rainy during service and she would have to walk back in the rain. This was not necessarily the case with her, though, for she enjoyed the weather regardless, yet the analogy still fits. Often times we are so worried about the possibility of adversity and hardship in our future that we truly fail to live our lives today–in the right here and right now.
Many others do fit this bill: a couple in a relationship, one who is so worried about the two breaking up, that they fail to enjoy the other’s company. This just might create the tension that will lead to a breakup. Or a coworker who is so worried that they will be laid off in the near future that they are unable to give the necessary focus and effort to their job. This might lead to a decrease in their productivity and work, as well as their attitude and interactions with their coworkers. This seems a bit ironic to me–and perhaps a bit sad at the same time.
I think it is also important to note that others tend to enjoy the company of people who are active and enjoying the present moment. Being active in the present allows us to elevate that moment to a much higher level, which in turn allows others to enjoy it much more easily as well. Being engaged in the present also frees you from the worries and stress inherent in the unknowns of the future.
There are times in our lives where preparation is necessary and beneficial so that we can enjoy ourselves–saving up money for retirement, workouts, and practices with the team prior to a hockey game, or planning a vacation to visit family this coming yuletide. But when we spend too much time focused on things that may happen and ways to prevent mere possibilities from becoming reality, we squander those quality moments that we could be having right here, and right now. Do you waste sunshine?
Go out and do something that requires you to live in the present moment today.
Questions to consider:
Why do so many people fear disasters in their futures when they have 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, Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres