10 thoughts on “A quote by Walt Whitman

  1. Both our presents and our futures are uncertain but the future no more so. I guess as it always becomes the present, how can it be any more uncertain?

    1. I think the answers lie with us and how we perceive our lives, issues and circumstances in the present.

      Those who take a fairly relaxed approach and worry less, will see and plan for their future more positively, than those who spend their lives worrying. I believe we are all instrumental eventually.

      There are certain things we can’t change, like family or circumstances through family decisions taken on our behalf, but I still believe we will get to call the shots eventually by being present and instrumental in our lives.

      To do that we must deal with our issues and working on changing what we’re not happy with in our present lives.

  2. No one really knows what the future holds. As much as we’d like to make plans things in life happen and we have to adjust plans accordingly. Even in present day things can go wrong.

    We get a flat tire and we have to cancel a long ago made appointment. We have to be flexible in life or else we’d be upset by all the changes.

    The happiest people are the ones that adjust easily. It’s not that they ate smarter it’s just that they’re realists.

    1. Thanks Maria. You’re first paragraph sums up your response beautifully and you’re right.

      Things do happen in life and we have to adjust plans accordingly. I also agree with you when you say ‘we have to be flexible in life or else we’d be upset by all the changes.’

      We must be flexible, but to be flexible we must be open minded so that we look for and welcome all possibilities and setbacks. Sadly, without the setbacks we can’t emotionally grow and without emotional growth we can’t be flexible.

      I tend to work on the universal elements that what will be will be. That way I’m more open to the changes I have to face. That if things were supposed to happen differently they would have done and we’d be looking at a different scenario.

  3. We can’t change the past and have to live in the present, so the future can be what we make of it.

    I have been stuck in the past for far too long and just want to make the best out of what time I do have left in the future.

    I was forced to watch my parents squandering their lives on dwelling on what happened in their past and it was truly a shame.

    My struggle has been that I tried to do things differently than they did, so I wouldn’t become them but ended up becoming something so much worse.

    They buried us under a mountain of guilt, shame and remorse that I am only just now digging myself out from under.

    I am truly unsure of what the future may bring, but I have to have the faith that I will be able to do the best I can with what I have to offer.

    1. Thanks Randy. Yes, we must all have faith that we will be able to do the best we can.

      Where our parents haven’t prepared us and I haven’t escaped that fate either, we must must come to rely on ourselves.

      I would rather get one or two things wrong along the way than stay stuck and achieve nothing.

      The present remains as uncertain as the future when we fail to act. I believe this is why, but that it’s up to us to rewrite our own ending.

      Doesn’t matter the starting point.

  4. It seems the older I get the more I submit to all that life brings, as if I’m touching destiny in a way; that makes uncertainty approachable.

    1. Thanks Tim. Your approach is how we should be approaching life and whatever that brings.

      Being open to life and its possibilities allows us to tap into our lives and that helps with any decisions we have to make.

      Uncertainty isn’t always approachable, but with the right attitude and perceptions from us, we make uncertainty approachable.

      Your response is spot on.

  5. Sometimes it’s hard to know what move to make next, because we don’t know what that move will bring.

    Our intentions and ideas are good but the future has other ideas in mind. So sometimes we stay idle and that’s sometimes not a good thing either. It’s hard.

    1. Thanks Bonnie. Yes you’re right, it’s not always easy to know what move to make next.

      I think our upbringing is very much responsible for how we manage our present. I tend to follow my gut and intuition and that helps me know what the consequences will be good, or bad.

      I also believe as long as our intentions and ideas continue to flourish positively, as long as those intentions concur with the universe.

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