Stay Patiently Focused

“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.” ~  Swedish proverb … 

This is such a nice way of saying, “Be patient.” We do not know what this afternoon will bring, and we do not know what tomorrow will bring, so let us focus on right now and live it well, come what may. And while we like to believe that we have figured our days out and that we can predict quite well what will happen in the future, the fact is that come tomorrow, we will probably be dealing with things that we never even thought of as possibilities.

Trying to predict and handle the future before it even gets here is a futile undertaking. True we can prepare for something coming up, and preparation is very valuable and quite important. But the people who recognize and accept that things may not turn out the way they think they will are those who are able to deal with the unforeseen circumstances calmly and effectively.

There are times I have looked forward to a great afternoon, only to be disappointed in the activities I had planned. And sometimes things have come up and that have prevented me from enjoying what I thought I would be doing. Still on occasion, I find my afternoon changed into something much better than I ever could have imagined it. In any case, trying to predict the afternoon would have simply been wasting my time with pointless worrying.

I never would have been able to predict five years ago where I am today, yet I am enjoying today’s experiences greatly.

The afternoon will get here in its own time, and it is true we have no idea what it will bring. Yet that is perfectly okay… we do not need to know. If we allow it to come in its own time, on its own terms, then we can spend the time we have now learning, growing, and making the most of the opportunities that are here before us, right here, right now.

Stay focused on the present moment and wait patiently for whatever may come.

Questions to consider:

Why do we so often concern ourselves with what we think is going to be happening later instead of focusing on the here and now?

What is the difference between preparing for possibilities and trying to make things happen the way we think they should happen?

How can we start to accept the fact that things will change as time goes on, and that they will change in ways that we cannot foresee? What are some of the benefits of accepting this fact?

For further thought:

“We can go through our whole lives worrying about our future happiness, and totally miss where true peace lives–right here, right now.” ~ Peter Russell

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