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Sunday, June 11, 2017

THE FUTURE

I was watching an interview with Bette Midler yesterday and she said she never, never, never looks back because it prevents her from looking to the future.

I agree with that philosophy though I cannot stop myself from looking back to happier times in the past and wondering what gloom my future will hold.

Bad Catalyst!

So if we can ever get our boxes unpacked or sorted out and the excess sold or donated or junked, maybe I can get on to the present and then the future.

In the meantime, we were sitting out on our patio last night, enjoying a cocktail, when we noticed this sky overhead.



As Judy and I and Hoagy Carmichael have always called it . . .

12 comments:

  1. The key is not to live in the past and not worry about the future, which puts me . . . of yeah, the present! Right here. Right now. There is Your Zen for the Day.

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  2. Faulkner said "The past is never dead, it's not even past."
    One look at our world today and it rings true.

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  3. I'm learning more and more, it's all about the PRESENT, my friend. The future is guaranteed to no one, no matter what their age. ;)

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  4. We'll never be younger than we are now. None of us know how long the road is before us. With those thoughts in mind, embracing the moment and making the most of each day-as my Dad used to counsel-makes a lot of sense. Like sitting and marveling at the clouds. BTW, I think Hoagy might also have had a kind of color tint in the sky in mind. I remember those Buttermilk colored says from my Indiana youth-the state from which Hoagy emerged.

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  5. I've always referred to similar skies as "shepherd skies."

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  6. Oh yeah -- that curdled look. Hoagy wrote some great tunes!





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  7. It is not so much what we feel that is important, as is what we do with the feeling. To begin the process of unpacking, getting rid of, etc., is already an act in the here and now. Grief and mourning are necessary, so long as they are not dwelt [dwelled?] upon unnecessarily. That too needs to be 'let go.'

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  8. I've never understood the fascination with "now". What's wrong with the past, so long as you don't dwell on just the bad memories in your past? And what's wrong with imagining what the future holds? Isn't it "the future" that powers visionaries?

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  9. I just saw Bette Midler win a Tony Award last night. She is such a talented performer and quite a character too. That's a great combination. It took me weeks to unpack everything when I moved and just last weekend, I took a car load of stuff to Goodwill. I just keep thinning things out.

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  10. I don't think looking backward is such a bad thing. It helps us appreciate where we've been and how much we've done. It's only when we get obsessed with looking backward, to the exclusion of enjoying the present, that there's a problem.

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