“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” – Abraham Lincoln.
Today’s photo comes from a street corner in Fargo, ND. I was out for a walk with my iPhone one afternoon, and noticed this wristwatch sitting there. It had been there for a while, because there was condensation inside the glass of the face, and the metal links in the wrist band were pretty grimy. I loved the way it was placed on the ledge, presumably where someone had lost it. I know the exact make of it because coincidentally I was browsing on gearhungry and noticed a few of these. They are not the best of watches but they do the trick.
It speaks to me of lost treasures and found ones. Of man-made constructions and nature. Of textures and colours.
And mostly – obviously – it speaks to me of time. We fight it, save it, waste it, embrace it, run from it, and curse it. And yet, all we really have is THIS PRESENT MOMENT.
This present moment.
Since returning from Misfit Conf, I’ve been feeling a little trapped. For the majority of the time, I am so excited about the future, and the opportunity I have to write mine as I see fit. I know and believe this more than ever as a direct result of my time in Fargo.
However, there’s a small part of me that is at once terrified and frustrated by the future. Terrified by how much there is for me to do, and frustrated by how little time I have been able to find to start.
And then I found this quote by one of my favourite historical figures, my man Abe.
And everything went quiet in my head. I remembered to be present again. I realised how much I had been living “out there” in the past or the future, and not “in here” in this present moment, fully immersed in what I was doing and who I was being in that moment.
The best thing about my future is that it comes to me one moment at a time.
Together, Belinda & I have vowed to keep it simple, and just do ONE THING each day that moves us towards our future plans and goals. Our trip around Australia. Our film project. Our simple life built around experiences, not objects.
If we can take it one moment at a time, one day at a time, and keep moving forward, my honest belief is that the future will take care of itself.
As always, with love,
(Aside: On my first trip to the USA when I was 17, one of the highlights – if not THE highlight – was visiting the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. I knew very little about Lincoln apart from him being the guy who stood for abolishing slavery. I remember that memorial as one of the most serene, powerful, and humbling experiences of my life. Just had to share that. )