One of my favorite personal mantras that I declare frequently is this . . . You never know what tomorrow may bring. I love it because it serves as an optimistic reminder that each new day is full of possibility. I have learned to rely on the fact that whatever I am experiencing today won’t last forever.
It doesn’t matter whether my circumstances and emotions could be considered positive or not so positive. Either way, today’s experiences will be replaced by all new experiences when the next day dawns.
Of course, some days are so wonderful I don’t wish them to end. Other days are not fun at all, bringing challenges that make me grateful for the setting of the sun. Most days are lived somewhere in the middle of that swinging pendulum of life, but it is the pendulum itself that makes life interesting.
I am amazed at how I can feel on top of the world one day, and the next I find myself struggling. Yet, when the confidence I felt yesterday dissipates in the presence of today’s trouble, I remind myself that whatever I am feeling will not last forever. It is on those days I find particular hope and comfort in tomorrow.
You never know what tomorrow may bring. It may bring an insight, an experience, a person or an opportunity that moves you closer to your dreams. That is what I always hope it brings.
Yet, when it brings the really tough stuff I wish I could avoid, I embrace that, too. I embrace it because I have learned to trust the ebb and flow of it all. I have also learned to trust the value of it all, particularly when I can look back and see how it was actually the difficult things that propelled me forward more than those things I perceived as blessings.
Equipped with that hindsight, I have become fully convinced that everything I am going through today is preparing me for every tomorrow. Yet, I do not worry about tomorrow by trying to anticipate what will happen or making endless to-do lists like I used to do. Instead, I prepare myself by being fully present in the now, attending only to the matters at hand. That way, I won’t miss out on anything of value when tomorrow becomes today.
Don’t lose hope. Everything happens for a reason. You never know what tomorrow may bring.