We all exhibit fear of the future. Our minds seem to be predisposed to concerning ourselves with things that might happen. Many of us seem to be built around the scaffolding of concocting great stories of what “might happen” and then acting (or more commonly, NOT acting) on that story. We have rich, fertile minds.
The philosopher Michel de Montaigne noted, “My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened“. I can relate to that. I’ve dreamed up all kinds of scenarios – big and small – that “just might happen”.
How might we be different if we trusted the future, rather than feared it? The interesting thing about this is that if you trust the future, you might actually have time to live in the present moment. That is where the real benefit is gained. I’ve written about this in other posts, but living in the present allows you to experience what is going on now. You are able to more richly appreciate what is around you. You notice details in yourself, your environment and people you interact with in more detail. Perhaps you pay attention to someone who is important to you a little bit more. All because you are living in this moment, not a “what if” future.
I read this Chinese proverb recently. “That the birds of worry and care fly over your head, this you cannot change. But that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent”. Kind of a great metaphor. Worries may come and go but we have the power to decide if they get to stay with us. What would your life be like if you did not carry so many worries around with you?