“What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t happened yet” ...
Are you feeling anxious for the future? Or at a crossroads in your life and are not really sure which road to take, and where that chosen road will take you? The future is a scary thing, but how do we control our emotions towards it?
Abraham Lincoln once said that “people are as happy as they make their mind up to be”, which to that I say touché Mr Lincoln! But what I think is more important for those of us who:
- Over-analyse the present
- Put immense pressure on ourselves
- Carry an endless supply of anxiety towards the future… is that…
The brightness of our future will be determined through keeping faith and BELIEVING that despite current circumstances, some of the best days of our life are yet to come! Yep, that’s right and you better believe it girl!
Think about it… when situations in life feel grey and unsure, people will search for “signs” of greater insight than their own to calm their anxiousness toward the future. Whether that be divination (selecting random angel cards), confiding in others for affirmation, having someone in a market stall read the lines on your palm, to little horoscopes in the newspaper or thinking up ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions while flipping a rubber for a verdict, or to make it more revolutionised, asking Suri!
We are all curious creatures, eager to know what the future has in store and not wanting to rest until we find direction and purpose. I believe we are all wired to feel the urge to seek and find the meaning of life but when current circumstances cloud our perceptions, we become flustered, needing to know where our life is headed…NOW! The unforseen just seems too unsettling. We want control and find contentment once we can see our plans and pursuits coming to pass.
… Oh, impatience, it is just too much isn’t it?
IMPATIENCE and FUTURE:
Impatience is a feeling I can relate to all too well. Following my last Monday Motivation, Happiness = Health, I wrote about how I was lacking in serotonin and really just wasn’t feeling like myself, and how all of this was making me more and more impatient about the way my future was looking. I found myself trying to predict the plans for my life through the lens of logic. This put me in a headspace where I was sizing up my circumstances, considering pros and cons and off that basis, attempting to predict a narrow minded outcome.
Essentially, what I had done was allow my current circumstances, dictate and determine the height of hope I could hold for my future.
Is this it for me? Have I already hit my prime in physical health?! Is it just a backward journey from here? Pretty crazy thought’s to be having considering I am only in my early twenties, and trust me, you could have tried telling me differently at the time but I wouldn’t have believed you because of the distorted and untrue perception I was now clinging to for reasoning.
What helped to dissipate this cloud of distorted thinking was by making a daily and conscious decision:
Choosing to walk this life of mine by faith, not by sight.
- Faith in the fact that I was on the road to recovery, not in the sight of what I had already been through.
- Faith in the fact that I have great purposes to fulfil, not in the sight of my temporary trials.
- Faith in the fact that I am not meant to know what my future holds and not in the sight that I am failure because I don’t.
Ultimately, walking by faith is what will help one to live in hope, and we all want that!
So, despite your current situations, choose to make yourself content in the things that are unseen. Don’t let impatience uncover the plans for your life before it’s ripened time.
Give yourself a breather girl, and try to lift those logical lenses off your pretty little peepers. Listen to the wise words of C.S Lewis and BELIEVE that “there are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
BUT more than anything, let this Monday Motivation serve as a reminder that your future IS oh so bright.
Shine on Sister!!!