“The future depends on what you do today.” Mahatma Gandhi
“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.” Buddhist saying
Having a “big picture” in mind, an overall strategy for what we want to accomplish, can give us a target we can aim for — a “right direction.” And once we have this, we can just keep on walking. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? And yet so often, we make our work so much more complicated, don’t we? And we’re so good at it!
Sometimes, the target we set is too overwhelming and walking seems too hard. Sometimes we get too caught up in the many distractions that fill our lives and our target seems less important in the face of them. Sometimes we let what other people think and say influence the goals we set for ourselves or how enthusiastically we approach them. And sometimes, we begin to doubt ourselves and whether we can really get where we want to go.
But, if we can staying the present, if we can remember to do our best work “just today,” then all this falls away and all is well. Right now, where I am, it’s snowing outside. Everything is beautiful. Everything is muted. Everything is fresh. Everything is quiet. A perfect day to focus on “just today.” So wherever we are let’s cherish this day and give it our best:
Just today — let’s remember where we’re walking to and face in the right direction.
Just today — let’s make today the best writing day we can make it right where we are.
Just today — let’s have faith that we have — or we’ll find — everything we need.
Just today — let’s remember that one day’s good work leads to another.
Just today — let’s see this day is a blank page ready to be filled with something wonderful.
Yes, the future depends on what we do today, so let’s start walking — and write on!