Don’t rely on the future to do your work for you

What you do now determines where you’ll be next. What you do today determines where you’ll be tomorrow. And we are the sum of the actions we make in each moment of our life.

I’ve been hearing stuff like this forever, but only recently has the truth behind it saturated my soul, permeated my senses. I understand what it means. I feel the truth behind it. Before it was easy to nod my head at and neglect. Now it drives everything I do.

For instance, as I write this, I’m choosing to write a journal entry instead of turning off the lights and resting my head on the pillow. The reason I’m choosing to write is because I want to be a better writer. I don’t want to be a better writer in the future. I want to be a better writer now. Writing a little journal entry will help me achieve this.

Not long ago I would have convinced myself that writing tonight isn’t necessary. I would have made a note in my calendar to start writing a nightly journal entry in the future and that would have been enough. I could have slept well. But the future becomes the past quickly, especially when you’re addicted to relying on the future to do the work for you.

You see, that moment you just experienced, it’s gone. Are you okay with that?  If not, it’s time to do something now. Not later.

Make good decisions in the moment and good things will come.

2 thoughts on “Don’t rely on the future to do your work for you

    1. Hey Andrew. The path to a vegan lifestyle is going well, but not without some bumps in the road.

      I’m currently living with my parents and have adapted to their way of eating at dinner for convenience’s sake. While my mother mostly cooks vegan meals, she occasionally throws some chicken into the soup if you know what I mean. Which is fine for now. I understand that once I move out in the coming month or so I’ll have more control over what I cook for dinner. That said, I still reserve Saturdays for some indulgence. The other weekend I had a rack of ribs.

      Transitioning to being vegan needs to be done with care, especially if you’re someone like me who was eating animal products for both lunch and dinner most of my life. The people who responded to the post I published on Medium helped me understand this. They also helped me understand that plants can “feel” too, just in a different way than us and animals. That idea is interesting to consider.

      Since transitioning to a mostly plant-based diet, by vitamin B12 levels have dropped below average, so this is something I have to keep an eye on. I recently had a blood test and discovered this. Now I’m taking B12 vitamins and eating some meat on Saturdays to boost those levels.

      I’m not sure what the future will bring, but I do know I want to be more conscious of what I eat no matter what. The path to veganism helped me reach this point, for which I am grateful.

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