I forgot my vitamins yesterday. I’ll live; it’s just that I failed to plan for that. It’s not even bad news, just more of an ‘oops’ kind of news. Oh well, yesterday is finished and there is little I can do to change anything about it. Ok, I can’t do to change any part of yesterday, the past is what it is. The only thing I could change about yesterday is my memory of it. What would be the point of that? Worrying about yesterday is pointless. It’s the same with worrying about the future. The past is what it is and the future will be what it will be.
You can make plans for the future, but what you plan for will only be your best guess, based on the present and the past. Actually, we base the future more on the present even than the past. The present is all you can change. The future is dependent on that change. Every decision we make affects our future, the effects of all the little decisions builds up to the future we get.
The present is the summation of the decisions we made in the past, so the future is more so. That’s how life goes. How we live or die depends on our decisions – barring illness. If we’d chosen to go left rather than right, we might not get into an accident. Most of our decisions appear to have no effect on our lives, but they all do. The effect is just cumulative.
That’s not to say that we should analyze every decision we make, we can trust ourselves, even if we can’t trust anyone else. Our unconscious minds work on projects for us, shaping our decisions, so we can trust our ‘hunches’. That’s only data from our unconscious data processor. Most of our decisions will add up to the future, but only the major ones, or ones we consider major at the time, should be analyzed carefully. These decisions are the ones we see as having an effect on the future – where we live, who we marry and such things
Not everything is so clear-cut. Our choice of meal can have an effect as well. If it is loaded with fat, it can lead to health issues when we are older, or, if our metabolism is good, it won’t. If it’s healthy, it might lead to better health in our senior years, barring accidents. If it is contaminated, it could kill us outright and we have no senior years. We base some decisions on faith and our tastes at the time. There are no guarantees in life, just surprises.
Whether they are good surprises or bad ones depends on the circumstances – what is happening at the time of the surprise. It all boils down to what’s happening now, not in the past, not in the future, but now – the time we make our decisions. Don’t worry about the past it’s done. Don’t worry about the future; you don’t make decisions in the future. You can only make a decision in the present. The present is our window of opportunity. It is all we have. Make the most of it.