"Do now, do now, what you will wish to have done when your moment comes to die." [St. Angela Merici]

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Time Traveling into the Futility of the Future

By Micky Wolf
In this reflection, which touches on a topic similar to the previous post (who would have thought it would come around again that soon), bears repeating—now is the moment you and I have been given. Take it from one who knows only too well the futility of time traveling into the future.

We fill our datebooks and calendars with “its”. The mundane. The routine. The important or necessary. The kind of stuff wise and responsible people make sure is given the proper time and attention.

A few examples:

A doctor appointment. A medical test.

Lunch with a colleague or friend.

Date night with a significant other.

The special family gathering.

A conversation with a tax advisor.

And then we do what we say we won’t. At best we think about “it” long before its time is due—the pending meeting, the appointment, the get together. At worse, we lapse into rumination, worry, or infinitesimal problem solving. Problem? Why do we rush to believe there will be a problem?

The litany continues.

What’s going to happen?

Will I be prepared for whatever “it” might trigger in my life? Change? No change?

Bad things? Good things?

Believing it is wisdom, we micro-examine every possible nuance. Of every possible outcome. Of any potential event or situation. But rather than glean answers or insight from this never-ending process, all we manage to accomplish most of the time is discovering, later rather than sooner, that we’re trapped on a maddening mental merry-go-round.

So, if that’s not the way God would have us to live, what’s the alternative?

It seems to me the person of character who desires to be responsible, especially one who considers themselves to be a person of faith and trust in the Divine, is better served (along with those with whom we share the journey) by making the choice to let go of our infinite lists of what ifs, whys, and wherefores.

However, there is one caveat—we will end up spinning our wheels if we think we can accomplish this no small feat by willpower alone, or by trying to rely on our own strength and intellect.

In order to find the peace that will sustain us through times of unknowing, we must also make the choice to open ourselves to receiving God’s graces to stay in the now moment.

To recall an old axiom, it’s like trying to count your chickens before they hatch, when in reality, they may no longer occupy the coop. What are you going to do then?

Stop. Now.  

For all you know, the coop may be gone, too, by the time you show up.

Is it difficult for me to live in the moment? Why?

Am I comfortable/uncomfortable trusting the next hour, the next day to God?

What would it take for me to really let go of my what ifs, wherefores, or whys?


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