Because I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. ~ from The Alchemist
It seems a little predictable to spend New Year’s Day mulling the past and thinking about the future. I already spend way too much time doing both: I fret over the past and worry about the future. All to the detriment of the present.
For military families, every day can feel like a race against the clock. With one eye on the calendar and the other on the clock, we fight to wring every possible minute from a day, because deployments are looming, and relocations are inevitable.
The danger for a family like ours is that we forget to enjoy where we are right now. It can become a constant process of recovering from the previous move and preparing for the next one. Or preparing for the departure of a spouse and then adapting to his return.
It’s difficult to be spontaneous when there is so much to plan for. And so the net result is that we also wring every ounce of spontaneity from our lives.
But today is a new day. And it’s a day ripe for change.
So tomorrow, we will leave on a road-trip, with no real plan for the day. We have nowhere to be until tomorrow evening, so we will meander that direction and see where the day takes us.
Not exactly the stuff of adventure novels, but a big step for a family like ours.
Happy New Year.