As I have been getting mentally stronger and learning to deal with all the wonderful events of life, I have seen, heard and even been asked some very similar questions. “What should I do…?”, “How would you...?”, “Do you know…?” are just a few of the questions that have been presented to me. All of them have the same theme, one’s ability to inquire and have control over the future. A dear friend of mine, my kick-butt wife, and some classmates I have overheard, all seem to be wondering what the future will be like, what should one do, and my favorite…forecasting the future. Each one is unique with their own worries and/or troubles. However, the answer remains the same, if I am to be asked. “I don’t know.” Then with a brief pause, to add some lovely 1940’s movie classic drama, I smoothly say “I no longer attempt to tell the future.”
The crystal ball that once sat perfectly still in the middle of my table is gone. I tossed it as far as I could, then turned around and walked away, completely unaware of its landing point or if it has even landed at all. When I learned and mentally adapted to simply accepting the here and now, I no longer worried about the far off future of there. I only had the need to focus on the now and the next step I take towards the there. Not worrying about how long it may take, I’ll know when I get there. Not troubling myself with “what ifs”, I’ll deal with those if they should happen to be blocking the path I take. And, the Big Daddy of them all……”TIME”, the excuses we allow ourselves to make and blame on time are “I’m too old”, “I have such little time”, “This’ll take forever”, just to mention a few. The only time you need to concern yourself with, is the here and now. That is the most important time we have. For I have control of that, what I decide to do and what I do not decide to do. So valuable is this “Now Time”, that I would not trade it for all the riches in the world.
We pause for this Public Service Announcement. Brought to you by “Life, it’s worth living!” It is good to have goals and plans, check points you’d like to see/achieve along the way. However, we cannot fast forward life to get to those goals and achieve those plans. It happens one step at a time.
It takes practice to be content with the moment, making friends with the present time is challenging, but so damn rewarding. The Here and There are like fraternal twins, much alike, but uniquely different. When you find yourself here, then do your best to enjoy it. The steps you take will eventually get you there. And there, just might be something even better than you could have ever imagined. Enjoy
About the Author
I’ve always been involved in the arts. My grandmother and father were both portrait painters, so it was something I was immersed in. However, something about photography captivated me. The ability to capture a visual story entices me, for I have always been a bit of a storyteller and I enjoy writing too. My photography has received numerous awards; from publication in Popular Photography to 2015 Best in Show image at The Texas State Fair, regional and national awards in photography, my artwork is in private collections around the world, and I have two books out “Beyond The Image” and “Finding Myself: Visual Tales of an Explore”. I continue to challenge myself and I’m always looking for a new story to make and capture.