Creating Your Better Future Today
I began today by getting to make love. Youthful joy.
Then I had time to go in the backyard, and with the sun pleasantly still behind the clouds, a few us us picked a few bowls of strawberries.
This morning, I finished watching the 2011 film “The Future,” a morose film, with a consistent downbeat outlook all the way to its mildly “uplifting” ending. I have trouble with people who spend much of their time thinking: I wish I was a little prettier, a little smarter, a little thinner or a little wealthier. Both the characters and the filmmakers in “The Future” are fascinated with those cycles of thoughts.
Who are these people who wallow in thoughts of “if only . . .”?
I’m regularly busy trying to make things pleasant and fun around me each day. It may be ironic that people who spend much time and energy thinking about past “what ifs” may shoot their current social life in the foot by not putting more energy into making today into the best “what now” it can be.
Tonight, we’ll play tennis. Others in my house will work together to make great strawberry freezer jam.
And regardless of how sad we may be about “what ifs” that never came to be, we accelerate, working each day to make each new day a spectacular feast for the senses.
Like anyone else, the roads not taken often come to mind. They haunt me, bother me, and trouble me with the great things that could have been. How do I know they would have been great? Because the roads I’ve taken have been great. You see, it’s not so much about the roads. It’s about who you are and who you travel them with.
Like everyone has experienced, roads were closed off to me. My response has been to make the roads I’ve traveled as fun and dynamic as possible for those around me. The roads I’ve traveled have been great fun because others traveled them with me.
If you want to improve the prospects for your tomorrows, then start by making today as pleasant as it can be for everyone around you.
For regular readers and writers: I watched “The Notebook” for the first time tonight. Great movie.