How to see what’s right in front of you, yet still keep your eyes on the future and not forget the past? How to see the present for all it’s worth – dust & dreariness… but also diamonds & dreams?
“Try imagining your life as if you were looking back at it from the future. I promise you this little exercise will radically change your priorities… Everyone has hindsight. Everyone can see what they once had and have lost. A few rare souls with the gift of foresight can see what is coming in the future. But the greatest gift is the ability to see what is right in front of you.” — The High Calling
K and I are both on leave. She started hers a while after me, so I’m (illogically) ‘envious’ that only 1.5 months have passed for her. Funny thing is, we both have the same feeling regardless of how long we’ve been on leave – that time passes too quickly!! K is pursuing a dream, and I love how she is shining. I love the creative ideas she is coming up with, and the light in her eyes when she talks about some of the specifics in her dream.
While we talked about what we are doing now that we love, we both had the question, “And then?” hanging over our heads. Without much of an answer except “It depends… things have and are still changing so quickly”, even as we considered the possibilities. We want to be our best selves at work (who doesn’t?), and we hope that that will coincide with the things we love and have decided to spend some, if not all, of our time-out pursuing. What we definitely don’t want is going back to work that we don’t have the heart to do.
We are quite happy, it seems, to just enjoy what is right before us. And trust that when the time comes, the way will open. It may turn out to be a way that’s ‘expected’; it may also turn out to be something that doesn’t exist in our imaginations as yet. For now, right before us is beautiful. Spending a whole day at home; spending time with loved ones; spending time reading and learning what we love. Spending time with friends who are also on long leave 😉