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We have all heard the expression that “life is too short to worry about what may or may not occur tomorrow.” The thought is that tomorrow will come in its full measure of time and in its majestic beauty. However, tomorrow is never promised to us. What is promised to us now, is the present moment. We cannot enjoy the present if we are constantly worrying about what may lie in the future.  To a large degree our happiness depends a great deal on how effective we are in enjoying life in the present moment.

Too often people spend their time worrying about many different things that have occurred or might occur. We allow the past problems, failures and losses as well as our future concerns to monopolize the present moment, so much so that we end up anxious, frustrated, depressed, and hopeless.  These painful anxieties cripple our thoughts and make our lives joyless, even miserable. Have you ever wondered why a relationship went awry? Perhaps it was because you paid too much attention to the future and did not spend enough time in the present moment.

On the other hand, many of us postpone our gratification, our stated priorities, and our enjoyment, often convincing ourselves that someday will be better than today. Unfortunately, the same mental thought process that tell us to look toward the future only repeats itself so that someday never actually arrives.

John Lennon once said, “Life is what’s happening while we are busy making other plans.” When we are busy making other plans, our children are growing up, the people we love are moving away, beloved family members and friends are aging and dying, our bodies are getting out of shape.   Worry can cause you to eat and eat and eat and then when it is to late, we notice that our dreams appear to be slipping away.

Worrying about what may or may not happen in the future doesn’t take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s enjoyment. In the Bible, God offers inspirational words that caution all humanity about being anxious about life,  “Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them.” Live in the present moment and Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten

chaplain@lhp.net