"We should all be concerned," wrote
Charles Kettering, "about the future
because we will have to spend the rest of
our lives there."
Perhaps the reason most of us may wind
up being ill equipped to live in the future is
that we spend too much time squandering
the present and fretting about the past.
Can we not see that our present thoughts
quite often determine our future actions.
And, we cannot escape our future anymore
than we can ignore the present or deny the past.
We would speak well of the past, for it is by
remembering the past that we become educated.
We would applaud the present moment, for only
in the present moment does any action take place.
We would extol the virtues of the future, for the
future permits us to dream, to envision, to hope
and to plan.
Without the future, there could be no past, and
our present would be shallow indeed.
(First published on December 29, 2012)