These days it’s hard not to notice how unhappy people are. They’re unhappy in their careers, their relationships, and themselves. Many people are even unhappy with their country, the weather, and the drive thru-line.
Recently, I was reminded that no matter where we are, we are supposed to look forward to the future. And we’re also supposed to make the best of the here and now.
Sometimes we are not always where we think we are supposed to be. Sometimes it’s obvious that we’re not who we’re supposed to be.
Occasionally the world around us is not how it’s supposed to be. Sometimes family life is hard, our jobs are stressful, our finances are out of control. Some folks get the added challenge of a worldwide pandemic!
Some of us can’t remember the last time we did something to take care of ourselves.
And it’s then we start to wonder if life would’ve been a little bit easier if we hadn’t taken that job, married our love, had kids, adopted the dog, bought the house, started the business, you name it!
Some of us are where we are because we have to be. Meaning, we have no choice in the matter. We can’t go back to a simpler time. We can’t fast forward to the future. We’re just stuck.
Can you relate?
Human nature can get us caught up in wishing for the past and dreaming about the future.
Being stuck is certainly not the ideal situation. We recognize that the world isn’t what we want it to be.
In a way we’ve all been exiled to this moment in time, because we can’t go back to the past. We can only choose what we will do right now.
Maybe you know the right now will determine your future.
In other words, if you want to thrive, get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
I’m sure it’s not what you want to hear. It’s difficult advice to take.
Often times we stubbornly refuse to do those things we know we should. We justify it by telling ourselves that we’re not going to be in this place long, so it doesn’t matter.
But it does.
In the end, it’s up to us to make the best of where we are. It’s up to us to recognize the opportunities that are here already.
Make the best of the life you already have, and you may discover that what you have, may be all you need.