Contemplating The Future

Yesterday was a day designed for contemplation, so I went with the flow. Why not? There wasn’t an urgent deadline to meet. Isn’t Sunday supposed to be the day of rest? I leaned back in the desk chair and pondered the scene from the window.

The window in front of my desk faces the street and my neighbor Chuck’s house. One of his sons in law was sawing lumber for an ongoing interior remodeling project. Two of Chuck’s young granddaughters were frolicking on the driveway.

Chuck likes to plan ahead for the well-being of his extended family. Chuck and his wife Liz enjoy daily visits from one or both of his daughters and their families. The only times activity slows are when Chuck hitches his travel trailer to his pickup truck and drives to a camping site. He owns a large trailer because his extended family usually accompanies him on these trips.

As I observe the busy family, I see that their future seems assured. There are three generations of folks. They have plans for the years ahead and they continually progress. The family has expectations and they intend to satisfy them. Chuck and his brood appear to be living the American dream.

Although we are living in very uncertain times, it’s helpful to broaden our horizons. Each of us does so in various ways, regardless of our stations in life. An eagerness to learn new things through study, exploration, and (hopefully soon) travel. While being mindful of the present, we are wise to be aware of opportunities that exist now and possibilities that may unfold in the days and years to come.

Having a balanced view of the future requires a level of commitment to one’s path and a readiness to reach beyond our comfort zones. Eventually, the current pandemic will fade away and we’ll need to merge into new realities. In many instances, there will be no going back to the ways we used to live as we did at the beginning of this year.

The year 2020 has been the year of major paradigm shifts for most of us. We’ve had to adapt to unfamiliar and unsafe conditions. We’ve come face to face with limitations we had never anticipated. These are not times to live in denial. These are times to rethink how we are to live in the future. These days’ hardships can be the seeds of bigger, hopeful dreams that stretch the imagination. Many of us will accept these dreams and fertilize them with action.

We are well aware of the challenges and changes that we will face in the future. With calm foresight we can take this awareness and prepare the ground to nurture and cultivate our dreams and plans. We do this despite the chance that we might not live to see another day. Wouldn’t we do this anyway, regardless of pandemic or no pandemic?

Meantime, given our current limitations regarding resource acquisition and face to face social restrictions, we find ourselves closed off from opportunities. We acutely feel limits on our potential. As a society, we must choose to play it safe and physically remain in our comfort zones for the time being, in order to stay alive. 2020 has been and will likely remain an angst-filled year.

Some of us embarked on new journeys of practical and personal development in January and February but had to halt or turn back due to the unexpected seriousness of the global health crisis. The creative blockages and postponements cause real frustrations and disappointments. The waiting period seems to be taking an infinity. It’s tempting to just give up. On the other hand, some of us are realizing that these circumstances are important parts of our personal evolution and might ultimately enhance our life journey.

As we struggle to see beyond our stalled lives, we notice other aspects of life that we have previously ignored or placed on hold. In a sense, we now have more time to smell the roses and appreciate what we still have. As we strategize for the future, many of us will have a fuller grasp of what is really necessary for a joyful future. As we accept the present conundrum, we can prepare and work towards the future. We certainly have our work cut out for us.

The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes former President, Barack Obama. “The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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