What if I told you that sometimes you need to be willing to give up the present for the future?
“Say what!” you might respond, “but all the experts say that right now is all we have, and we need to make the most of the present moment, not letting thoughts of the future rob us of it.”
And right they are, but that’s for another blog post 🙂
Bear with me for a moment, while I explain.
As we grow through life, there are certain lessons that we learn, such as the need to “save money for a rainy day.” That would be one example of giving up the present for the future, in that you give up the enjoyment you could have if you spent that money now, for satisfaction sometime in the future, when you will need that money and will be very happy that you saved it.
Another example is furthering your education. I have to admit that I did not enjoy the process of earning my MBA. At the time I was working on it, I had many family and work obligations competing for my attention. However, while it was not a totally pleasant experience for me, especially in the present moment when it was happening, I made the sacrifice and got it done, for the future benefit of earning that qualification which would be able to open doors for me in the future.
Well how about you? Is there something that you know you have to do (or not do) in the present, because such action will make life easier for you in the future? Or is there some action that you took (or didn’t take) in the past that you are happy (or not happy) about, because of the outcome that it is having now? Why not share with us?