This past weekend, I went to my cousin’s 17th birthday party. One of those “you know you’re old when..” moments for me because I remember holding her as a baby. The last baby I held, in fact, before the birth of my own son last February.
At said party, I traded jabs with my uncle. He commented on how much I’ve “changed” (sarcastically) because I gave up TV this summer to spend more time with my baby and I couldn’t go to a Seahawks game this Friday because it’s my wife’s birthday. Now, being the Seahawks aside, I normally wouldn’t have even hesitated, for I am a fan. A big fan! One of 10, I believe of the ‘Hawks. But I digress. I also commented on how much he has “changed” as in I stole his potato chips….and returned them before he even seemed to notice they were gone. I claim maturity for my changes, he claims old age for his.
The point is, time, does indeed, march on. It’s inevitable in its approach and departure, it’s kind in its reliability and harsh in its effects. Sometimes. How you approach time greatly determines who it affects you. There are things you can do to change or alter the appearance of the effects of time, but you cannot reverse the actual effects. You can’t change the past, you can’t predict the future. You CAN live in the moment and enjoy what has been given to you and that you have things to look forward to.
If you find yourself without anything to look forward to, you may be looking too broadly. Examine that glass and find that there are small victories all around you. Remember that if today was as bad as it gets, tomorrow is guaranteed to be better. Even if the clouds are out, you know the sun is there just waiting to shine down upon you. And thanks to the continual drum-beat of time, that sun will come out again.
Today is only as “bad” as you make it and tomorrow will be as “bright” as you want it to be. Today is your platform to jump from to make tomorrow better. If you stay complacent and don’t make the moves to improve your situation, tomorrow will just be like today. Even if that does happen (and I know it can and will) then tomorrow becomes today and presents you with yet another platform to jump to.
So, take a look around you. Find the next step to take. Take it. Tomorrow will thank you.