"You have your whole life ahead of you. " This never made me feel good when people would say it. Instead it felt overwhelming like a huge ocean in which I had to find meaning. Now I see that I have reached mid-life (if I live to be 86). Half behind me, half still to come. For many reasons, this is totally doable. It inspires me.
But upon further reflection I realize both of these are wrong. You never have the whole thing in front, or half behind. You only have now. This moment and the next and the next. That vast ocean of time I conjured was just an illusion. It kept me busy in fear. How will I make sense of it all? And the answer for me was, you don't make sense of it ALL; you make sense of what is in front of you. Step by step, day by day, moment by moment. Ah, but even this is only 1/3 the story. The next two posts will come in part 2 and 3 and talk about short-term and long term sight.
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