Then is Over – Your Future is Now

Article by Dee DeWitt

Some people are completely happy with themselves, their lives, and their prospects for the future.


I venture to say most of us don’t fall into this category.


What‘s the main difference between those lucky individuals whose lives seem to be on-track and those who, despite colossal effort on their part, appear to have all of the odds stacked against them?  In some cases it may simply be a matter of luck.  However, I believe that many of those whose lives are content in the moment do not live in the past.


Whether you are thinking about your personality, your career, or your life in general, success means focusing on the here and now.  Yes it‘s important to acknowledge the choices and experiences which resulted in you being where you are today.  Yet it is even more important to not allow yourself to become so caught up in thoughts of the past that today passes you by.


Self-motivation is one of the keys to ensuring that you don‘t continue repeating the same mistakes.  You may have had one or more errors in judgment which led you to take the wrong path, or to make mistakes that were not in your best interest.  I know I have.  Yet you can acknowledge this without rehashing them over and over again in your mind, and simply be determined to make different, better decisions today.


Then is over; this is now.  The less time and effort you put into looking at the past, the more time and energy you will have for living and experiencing this day.


It’s amazing how much energy simply “holding on“ takes from you.  By letting go of the past, you will give yourself the gift of a deeper sense of strength.  Instead of allowing past mistakes and worries to drain your energies, you‘ll have a renewed energy to live your life to the fullest and enjoy it more.


Being content with yourself and optimistic about your future isn‘t difficult.  Whatever is in the past is over; learn from it and move on.  When you are self-motivated enough to do this, you will see that moving ahead is the best definition of living life.


With that said, what can you do now?  It‘s easy for me to tell you to forget the past, yet it is a whole different practice to actually do it.  I’m working on that myself every day.  Yes life is a complex set of very real events yet a large amount is just your perspective of what really happened.


So how to we focus on the now?  On the future and not the past?  By remembering that our now, our future, can be created.

Your future is in your hands, and in God’s hands.  Nobody here on Earth is going to make anything happen for you unless you go out and try to achieve it yourself.  Instead of being depressed by this fact it’s important to realize that you are in a very hopeful place.  You are living in a time and a place where opportunities are everywhere.  At no other time in history have human beings been able to give up their livelihood and search for something new or something better.  But today … we can.


And finally, remember you are not alone … Your family loves you.  Your extended family loves and cares about you.  God loves you and wants only the best for you … if you will let go and allow Him to work in your life.  Personally, I think the hardest part is simply accepting this truth and letting it in. 


So in thinking about today and about your future … remember that family, community, and God are very important things.  Remind yourself that you will always have people who love you.


“Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.”
-Anthony D’Angelo


“Perfection of character consists in this; living each day as if it were the last, and spending each moment in peace.”
-Marcus Aurelius


“The ability to feel fear and keep moving forward distinguishes the living from the merely breathing.”
-Nicholas Lore


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Posted on 21 August, 2009 in Goals, Happiness, Motivation, Spirituality
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