“He suffers more than necessary, who suffers before it is necessary.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
We spend a lot of our time worrying about the future, the place that does not even exist. By doing so we miss the space in our minds and the present moment. We think the more we worry, the more prepared we will be. Of course, it is sensible to plan and prepare for the future, but when we live the future in the present and are consumed for hours and days by a future that does not exist, then we are not living at all, in fact we are missing life. When we do this we are not planning and preparing ourselves for a future event, we are worrying about something that has not happened. To do so, is to suffer, when there is no suffering.
The future will always be unknown. It is only in the present moment that it will become known. There will always be uncertainty and that’s okay. In the words of John Allen Paulos, Professor of Mathematics, “Uncertainty is the only certainty there is”. So let us embrace it because no matter how much you think about the future, you will never know it, for the simple reason it does not exist!
When all your mind wants to do is worry about the future, let there be space in your mind instead and come to know how very little there is for you to worry about. It will guide you and give you reprieve, so that you don’t have to spend so much of your time and energy worrying. The space in your mind does not know how to let you down. It only knows the most optimum path for you at any single moment. Fall into its’ embrace. It is warm, peaceful, protective and free from worry.
Make a little space in your mind.