Every day I feel is a blessing from God. And I consider it a new beginning. Yeah, everything is beautiful. - Prince
There are so many ways to say yes to the unfolding of each new day, a willingness to embrace the immediate and alternative futures that invite us into newness. The future is not so much something that is ahead, this untouchable and unknown reality that seems to keep us in the suspense of possible outcome, a romantic idealism that we concoct with our vain imaginings, but the immediate new moment that is before us.
'My future is not ahead of me, rather it is right in front of me’
What is in front of me right now is the only future I have and need, perhaps a longing fulfilled happening before me. Sometimes when we are reach out for a distant future we get caught up in a false reality and we miss so much of the current future that has come crashing into us like a beautiful gestalt, the sacred machinations of the divine working on our behalf inviting us into the great universal well-being.
Our hopes get deferred when we are longing for something that is nonsensical and non-existent. Hope fuels our expectation of joyful inclusion in the life we are given. Hope is not the over-promising possibility we have made her out to be, rather a divine like force that seems to be never satisfied or content with our immediate circumstances.
‘We have over-promised God and made her/his sacred writings say some things they were never intended to say’
At the heart of all religious practice is the altruistic belief in the well-being of human existence, the daily joy and hope of living fully alive. But somewhere along the way it was hijacked by the success and prosperity gospel where enough was never enough. The future become a distant unfilled wanting that would never be satisfied, a lustful addiction fuelled by the gods of narcissism and discontent.
“Thomas Merton said it was actually dangerous to put the Scriptures in the hands of people whose inner self is not yet sufficiently awakened to encounter the Spirit, because they will try to use God for their own egocentric purposes". - Richard Rohr
Your future is not about success or failure but about breathing and living in the integrity of your future that has appeared to welcome you into the current NOW or in the words of the Buddha, "Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment".
There is a holy collusion afoot where the past, present, and future are negotiating our trajectory, a trinitarian collaboration that conspires for our betterment. Our curiosity and fascination with the unknown is somewhat calmed by the fact that the past has always negotiated with the future to shape our present. I live in the in-between, held divinely in the grip of these twin forces who have my best interest at heart. They have plans for us that will reassure us in the space we find ourselves, bringing peace to bear on our frantic and fickle thinking.
Whatever the current climate that you find yourself in, good or not-so-good, concentrate your mind and breathe, this too will pass and become something else, maybe even something fulfilling.
“We do not think ourselves into new ways of living, we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.” - Richard Rohr