"Had I only been a little nicer, I might have had that job" or "If I had just worked out I would be able to eat this" or maybe even "Wow I'm sure glad I called that person, I saved a lot of money on car insurance by..." you get the picture.
We are all constantly writing letters to our past selves about things we should have done or known, or maybe things we did right and we write in congratulations. But what if our past could write letters to us now?
What would past Nathan think of present Nathan? Would old me be proud of new me? Or maybe even, would old me be ashamed of new me? It's because of these questions I ended up here, sitting at my desk wondering how I got here. Not to my desk, that being a short and stumbly walk from my living room over roommates to my computer. But rather here in life. I think back to all the winding paths that led me specifically here.
It's an interesting pastime remembering all of those seemingly random events that winded up being the biggest turning points in my life-all the relationships I thought meant nothing but came back in the oddest of ways to be of the up most importance. And as I sit here contemplating all of this past. It suddenly makes me think of where I am right now. What am I doing right now that will affect my future?
I am dreamer and always have my head in the clouds looking and thinking of what is next in life...BUT for some reason I, ALWAYS forget to remember that right now is the actually building of what I will become.
I think the bible says it best in Galatians 6:7-9
New International Version (NIV)
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."
What? The things I do now are the ones that are going to come back to me? Good or bad? Yes.
So I challenge you as I challenge myself, to both realize that the things you are practicing now, are the things you will become-and to share that with whoever listens to you-If you are a friend help some one close to you see that by showing them examples in your own life. If you are a mother remind your children every day (Just like mine) that the things they practise now will make the man they will become.
Off to practise good things! (Or at least do my best)
My future self awaits, I can't wait to meet.