When you’re not present, where are you? When you’re thinking about the future, what kind of place do you imagine? I hope it’s a good place. Because, well, why imagine anything that isn’t good? It’s your imagination. You have the choice to choose between imagining something good or something bad. And of course you have every reason to imagine something bad. The bad isn’t impossible – it might be more probable than the good. But hey, it’s your imagination, so go ahead and imagine whatever you want.
Where are you when you’re not here? Where do you go when your mind starts to wander?
Is it a forest? A warzone? A city street bustling with crowds and taxis?
What are you doing there? Are you on an adventure? Are you the boss? Are you married?
Playing with your kids? Frisbee with your dog? Dancing in the shower? Running barefoot on the beach? Writing that novel? Cooking that recipe? Resigning from this job?
Are you powerful in the future? Do you have influence? Wealth? Fame?
What’s going on inside that head of yours? What could be so much more interesting – so much more urgent – than what’s happening now? What’s so special about this place in your head you keep drifting away to? – Drifting away to! What’s with all this drifting? What’s with all this wandering? All this daydreaming and dozing off and falling asleep at the wheel?
Why do you struggle to stay awake during the day? And please don’t tell me it’s because you’re a night owl. I think if you’re being really honest with yourself, it’s because your purpose in life is becoming nocturnal – not you. You’re pushing your true purpose – or whatever you want to call it – to the back of the day. Either that, or you’ve somehow persuaded yourself to believe that your purpose in life is to respond to every request, every demand, every ask, every memo. Have you ever met anyone who said that their life’s purpose is to respond to a memo? No one’s born to respond to a memo. But everyone – everyone – is born to respond to a purpose.
Wherever you go when you’re not here, I hope it’s someplace nice.
It must be pretty cool if it that’s where you’d rather be than right here, right now.
I hope you’re as welcome in the future as you are in the present.
And I hope you don’t spend too much time in the future, no matter how tasty the margaritas.
Because I like it when you’re right here, right now.