Monday, February 17, 2014

Can't Wait?

I can't wait for the future! I'm so excited to start my dream job of being a pediatrician! I'm excited to get married and have a family! I'm even excited for summer to come in a few months! I'm excited and so hopeful for the future that I often miss the joy of today. I anticipate and daydream about an upcoming event so much that it often doesn't live up to my expectations or dreams.

On the other hand, I also haunt myself with the past, with both good and bad things. Replaying events over and over, analyzing every detail, instead of simply enjoying the memory or letting go.

So what about today? It's where I am right now after all. Shouldn't my focus be on the present? While I do think it's good to have goals and plans for the future, I don't think we should let the view up ahead cause us to lose sight of the path directly under our feet. By constantly looking forward, trying to see what's just around the bend or over the hill, we might stumble over something directly before us. And if we are constantly looking over our shoulder to what was, we might run into a tree.

I love the movie, Kung Fu Panda, and while it's cheesy, it is true that it offers some good life lessons :)

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the 'present.'"

So enjoy this beautiful gift, enjoy today!

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