Here and Now

It is better to be happy with what you have than to always want more and more. Always wanting more and more is useless. It is like trying to catch the wind. Ecclesiastes 6:9

There’s a disease called destination sickness. That is the idea that it is when we get certain things or go to a certain place or get a certain job or meet a particular person, then we can really be happy.

The danger with this is that you’re postponing your joy as it robs you of the ability to enjoy today.

Yet, there are people like that who have been waiting for years now. They’ve put their life on hold until … They are not happy with the present. They are always talking about what they will do when it finally happens. They live for the there and then, yet it is here and now that they have or may ever have.

How do you overcome destination sickness? I want to suggest 3 ways in this article.

EXPLORE THE PRESENT. There’s so much in the present moment, the present place, the present opportunity. If you’d explore the present, you might find treasures in it. Unfortunately, we don’t take the time to dig. The moment we meet with a few disappointments here and there, we just conclude that we’re in the wrong place. But not so fast.

Take the time to ask. Ask the people who have been long in it. Ask how they do it. Take marriage or relationship for example; ask those who have been together for years how they do it. What’s the secret? Is it that they married the perfect partner or what?

EXPERIENCE THE PRESENT. Don’t be too quick to give up on the present. Like a coin, life is 2 sided. If you happen to have the tail side today, you might end up with head the next moment. That it’s painful today doesn’t mean that’s how it’s going to be forever. Scripture tells us that “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”

ENJOY THE PRESENT. Yes, we all hope for a better tomorrow, but what if tomorrow never comes? Or what if you’re not there tomorrow? That makes it a double loss. You forfeit today and also lose tomorrow.

That is why we need to make the best of today because today is the only thing we are sure of. That is why it is called the present. It is a gift; so, enjoy it.

Friend, if you’re looking for a reason to hate a person, place or even a pet, you will find plenty. But if you decide to look beyond the surface, you will find some beauty. Whatever you look for, you will find; be it good or bad.