How often we are reminded to live in the here and now because it is real, whereas the past and future are only memories or anticipations! People who routinely yearn for yesteryear can miss out on opportunities right in front or inside of them. People who mostly dream of experiences to come may seldom know the richness of being here now.
On the other hand, we can find great value and satisfaction in savoring, treasuring, reliving special moments and experiences from our past. We also can reflect upon and learn from past mistakes, thus assuring a better future.
In the lyrics of Carly Simon’s “Anticipation,” “We can never know about the days to come. But we think about them anyway. Anticipation is makin’ me late, is keepin’ me waitin’.” Yes, but many good things only come about because we plan them, and even good fortune can pass us by if we don’t prepare for it.
In the spirit of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” a better future that is imagined can come into being. This can happen for an individual, a group, a community, a people or a civilization, but only after reflection, creative planning, self-sacrifice and perseverance. And yes, luck can be a factor, but it will only benefit those who recognize its value and who “carpe diem” (seize the day).
All of this is true of the simple pleasures and frustrations of daily living as well as occasional life-changing events that present challenges and opportunities that we can let in, engage and transform into decisions that will benefit ourselves and others.
An example of something both simple and life-changing that comes to mind has to do with exploring and adopting a healthier diet. When we were considering a mostly vegan diet to promote good cholesterol numbers, friends offered us tips on delicious, nutritious vegan foods and recipes. One thing led to another and we are enjoying tasty, healthy foods and sporting better cholesterol numbers.
Each of us has our own stories about positive developments with relationships, careers, volunteering, hobbies and more. Grass roots and corporate movements and trends arise and benefit many people. Value-based revolutions support positive change toward fairer distribution and access to resources and opportunities.
Many of us soon will return to Bucerias and the Bay of Banderas for another season. When we reunite with friends and acquaintances, we will share stories about significant experiences and events from our summers. We also will share plans for the season and beyond. Just as important will be our time back together after a long absence. Here we are again. Let’s recall our summers; enjoy our time together; and welcome our immediate and near future, individually and together.