“The best way to take care of the future
is to take care of the present moment.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
Our culture is very future oriented.
Everything has to be strategically planned:
Children’s education and career have to be outlined
while they are still in Kindergarten.
Children grow up with the stress
of having to embody their parents’ notion of success
and live up to their future plans for them.
And so, we often grow up pretending to control
the sequence of things:
we follow invisible scripts,
not sure if they truly match who we are.
The future becomes a law of worries and goals
that one has to pursue to be seen as successful
and “worthy” in the eyes of society.
How counter cultural and freeing the thought
that all you need to do to prepare for tomorrow
is to be fully present in the “here and now”.
How liberating a thought that the best way of living
is caring for the NOW and not yet for tomorrow,
being present with all senses, and not missing any moment.
How amazing a truth!
Has not the Pandemic of the past years taught us one lesson
(if we were teachable)? :
“None of us possesses tomorrow!
All we have is today!”