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Planning As If the Future Mattered

Posted Sep 14 2008 2:43pm

Planning I took this photo a couple of days ago at Dulles International Airport. I found myself thinking, "Of course the future matters. Why wouldn't I plan accordingly?" As I see it, this phrase can be taken a couple of different ways, depending on where you put your inflection on the words.

On the one hand, it seems rather fatalistic, encouraging us to go ahead with our plans, pretending that the future matters. Or, a more optimistic interpretation could be that we need to look forward, to make a concerted effort to make choices that will have a positive impact on our futures.

But all this forward thinking, and thinking about the future, and what it may hold, has distracted me from the turtle's message, "Enjoy the moment."

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