Earlier today I wrote my last night’s blog about the future. Some of my friends have this clear picture in their mind of how the future is going to look like. Especially for the other. So as I was writing about our futures, our hippie weddings and 2.4 children, it got me thinking about the uncertainty of future. Don’t people always say: live in the moment, don’t worry about tomorrow. As someone who has always made plans, always thought about the future, I tend to disagree to some extend.
The future is important. Everything you do today, should be something that you are willing to do again tomorrow. Because it needs to happen or because it gives value to your life and that of others. Of course, the future is unpredictable. You don’t always have the opportunity to plan very far ahead. Sometimes things change so drastically, that you only have the next choice to think about. And then it’s up to you. Are you going to avoid the choice? Because it terrifies you. Or do you take that leap into the unknown, knowing that it might turn out to be beautiful.
This afternoon I watched one of the new episode of Sherlock. While this blog was forming in my head, I remembered an older episode (spoiler alert if you have never seen Sherlock!) in which dr. John Watson discovers his wife’s history as an assassin. At some point they reconcile and she gives him access to all the information about her past. He answers her as follows: “The problems of your past are your business. The problems of your future…are my privilege.”
I think that’s what embracing the future is. Living in the moment can sometimes be misused as a way of preventing to think about the future. To have a good excuse not to plan and sow, because you are terrified of what is coming next. In a week in which I need to make some big life decisions, this is what I am going to keep in mind. Even though I may not see the direct results myself, will the work that I do and the life that I live have an impact? Maybe the answer will be yes in multiple options. Then at least I will know that I have a job to do: plant seeds. Lots of them. Anywhere that I am placed in this world.
Where are you sowing your seeds? Which deeds did you do today that will have a lasting impact for future harvests?