Back to the Present

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”

Heraclitus

“The value of experience is not in seeing much, but in seeing wisely.”

William Osler

I live in the present. I’m often looping and replaying events from the past (and from my imagination) in my head and thinking about how I can reverse engineer a better future for myself (and others). But the road to a better future lies in the actions we take today.

Every beginning is an ending. Yesterday’s ending was today’s beginning. We naturally feel called to rise when the sun wakes and rest when the sun sleeps. One blank page leads to another blank page. One life-changing event or stage in life leads to another.

It’s easy to forget this in the busyness of life. It’s easy to get stuck on yesterday’s failure than focus our efforts on today’s open opportunity. Every so often I’ve let one day ruin a week, by holding onto something that bothered me, something that made me feel sorry for myself — but what did that give me? Don’t get me wrong, sometimes you have to just feel things out. It’s no good to keep emotions bottled inside like food in a pressure cooker. But we don’t get another day like this one. Today is our chance to follow our hearts and create what we feel called to make and change what we want to change.

Step forward into the light. Seek challenge and new experiences while you can today.

It’s okay to be both nostalgic (or even sad) for the past experiences AND optimistic for the new experience.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #777 😇


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