My future under Friday Night Lights

Image“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

The future is scary. But its promise is also exciting. I never used to like to think about the future, even though I did, and probably far too often. But people, I think, can get stuck worrying about what will happen when instead they should be concerned with what is happening.

Of course there’s that age-old wisdom that we shouldn’t harbor over the past nor live only for our future because, well, you know, the present is a present (like one with a big shiny bow). Still, it’s not an easy thing to do. There’s got to be a happy medium somewhere. Don’t you think?

As for me, I try and live like Mr. Emerson — because while I don’t think his idea was intended to suggest a complete disregard for past blunders, it does, however, grant you a fresh canvas for your future and sometimes that can be just as great a gift as the present itself.

ABOUT THE PHOTO: This was taken a few years ago. My son was seven. He’s a lean, mean tight end on the city’s all-star football team. I took this while watching a playoff game between his future high school and another high school. Admittedly, it gives me the chills … don’t you remember that feeling? The one when you were a kid and you thought you could actually see your future –— that’s what I get when I look at this. Friday Night Lights indeed.

Today’s post inspired by The Daily Prompt: Six of one, half dozen of another“Write a six-word story about what you think the future holds for you, and then expand on it in a post.” Oh, and my six-word story is my title, “My future under Friday night lights”. Just in case you didn’t catch onto that : ) Get it … catch. I’m a real wordsmith today!

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