We are all prone to take trips in our head while we walk through and
work through the day we are actually living in. Many of us are
“Frequent Flyers” on these little jaunts into our past and our
imaginary future. The journey out of today is often a fast and easy
ticket. It is not however a free ticket. Take a quick trip into your
past and you’ll likely return with more baggage than you left with.
Things you “Could” have done, “Should” have done and ” Would” have
done if you had only known, only realized the fallout from your action
or inaction. On your return trip you will find some extra luggage with your name on it.
These are heavy bags, things like regret, shame and bitterness.
Tired of trips into the past, excursions into your imaginary future are
always available. The only limit here is your imagination. You can
visit some future day and picture yourself in some dire, lonely and
unbearable circumstance. You can imagine the hopelessness and despair
you will feel. These trips should be easy to avoid, strangely they are
not. We are drawn to them the same way we are to an auto accident on
the side of the road or a bad carnival ride. Trips into tomorrow and
beyond often leave us feeling anxious, unsettled and internally
Today is the only day you can actually live in. Living well in the day
your living in is simple; it’s just not easy.
Start by canceling your trips into Yesterday or Tomorrow. You and I
will never have a better or different past, so relax and do your best
to show up today. Take a breath, lean in and try to keep the cheese on your cracker.
Tomorrow will show up right on time. It may or may not look like anything you’re expecting.
You do not know for sure because you are not supposed to know for sure.
Humans are not task with this kind of knowing; they are task to show up, so do that.
Dads need to be present. Your daughter is growing up one day at a time.
She cannot and will not go on these trips into yesterday or tomorrow.
Don’t miss the opportunity to connect, to serve, to laugh, to listen, to pray, to bless, today! Stay in today.
None of us need the Emotional Jet Lag of these very expensive and habit forming trips. Let’s work harder to
find the Good Stuff in front of us and around us. Somewhere in this day there is a treasure waiting to be found, don’t miss it.
Grace and Peace
Dr. Don Worcester