When we come into this world our Creator in all his omniscience gives us the following three things for free – our lives, the present moment and our individual futures. While our live spans may be limited there is no limit on what we make of our own destiny. We need to be architects of our own future. What we have at any point in time is the present. We need to make judicious investments into the present so that we can harvest in the future. When we talk of “reaping what we sow” we generally intend that our present pathetic state of affairs, is what it is, because of our past actions.
However if look at it from the point of view of the future then we can clearly see that we can be the masters of our own destiny. To quote Abraham Lincoln “The best way to predict the future is to create it”. We can assure ourselves of a bright future if we take appropriate steps in the here and now. Stephen Covey in his book “The 7 habits of highly effective people” states that in the space between stimulus and response we are free to choose our course of actions. By making judicious choices at each juncture in our life we can ensure that our future is on the path we want it to be. Besides we also need to pro-actively sow the seeds for our future like learning a new skill, upgrading our knowledge,making new friends etc.
Every act that we do will have its own reward later. Little did Steve Jobs know that his learning of calligraphy in college would enable him to make a compelling product like the Mac. If we invest in the present we will definitely reap rich dividends in the future. We need to chart our course as we travel through life. We need to plan out actions and set sail bravely into our destiny. As physicist, Sean Carroll of California Institute of Technology says “the past has happened and the future is up for grabs”.