It is easy to allow ourselves to solely and perpetually live in a state of preparation for the future. We establish goals that dangle out in front of us; chronically beyond reach. Laboring today for future financial security. Exercising to someday have a body of our visions. Eat healthily for the promise of tomorrow’s reward. Praying for the betterment of someone life to come. All activities that cast their gaze on the horizon. Never at the navel.
While some goals certainly are realized, do we fully appreciate and show our gratitude? Or do we look past beyond, beyond, beyond.
Establishing clear-minded goals are essential, for sure. They are useful tools to dictate what we do today and define a purpose for why we toil.
However, we must acknowledge those toil’s immediate benefit. They must have a readily tangible purpose in the exact moment in which they are performed. Eating healthily must somehow be in of itself a complete and gratifying activity. And especially if, in the moment, we are uncomfortable or unhappy. All activities must somehow hold sufficient worth as though the future would never come.
To be truthful, the future is never to be. We only are in the present moment. Our toils become flimsy if they are detested in present and only serve a future self.
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