Don’t Worry About the Future

Living a better life requires less time spent worrying

Good morning! Do you spend a lot of time worrying about the future?

I was reading another letter from Seneca the Younger this morning, and he said something quite interesting, quoted below:

“As for the uncertain lot that the future has in store for me, why should I demand from fortune that she should give me this and that rather than demand myself that I should not ask for them?”

As a person of faith, I do believe that the best is yet to come, and that I am supposed to go from faith to faith and glory to glory — a fancy way of saying I’m committed to continuously improving ever so slightly, always looking back and being able to say that I have become superior to my former self every couple months.

As such, I don’t really spend too much time worrying about the future; sure, I’ve got dreams, plans, and aspirations, but when a friend asks me, “What if these things don’t come to pass, or at least not exactly how you’ve planned for them?”, I can rest assured that things will be fine. Even if that means I must admit I was wrong, admit it publicly, and move on, I’ve got enough Stoic resilience that I won’t be shaken too much.

As a reminder, my mission with these articles/blog posts/emails is the same mission my church has: inspiring people to live life to the fullest. I’ll suggest things and share my heart and soul through two-minute tidbits every weekday, but ultimately, all I can do is inspire those around me to live their lives just a tad bit better than they did before.

So, if you would like to live a better life, here is my recommendation today:

ask yourself how you can recover if situations do go awry.

Look at your worst fears and worst imagined scenarios, then think about how you can either avoid them, prevent them, or overcome them even if they do come to pass. Perhaps then you can take your life back from fortune and choose your own happiness, rather than relying on luck to get through life.

God bless you, have a great day!