Forever in today and tomorrow 1

“Forever has no meaning when you’re living in the moment. I wasn’t ready for that moment to end.” 

Ellen Hopkins

I have reflected on this quote for a little while. I think it catches the tension between living in the present – not letting today pass you by – whilst having an eye on tomorrow. And even the forever.

The risk of assessing every decision and emotion through the filter of forever can leave us paralysed to inaction. Is this the ‘right’ choice? Is this the “A” plan? Thinkers like me can agonise over scenarios and their implications until we are unwilling to enter the arena. Sometimes I would like to let go of the weight of responsibility I sense for the choices we are making. Every day.

But the call of tomorrow and our forever is not only a constraint. A weight. It is a song and a whisper to live our finest life. To see ahead. To make plans and decisions that will balance the future with hope and contentment. A joy of its own.

I want to have both. I want to love my todays and anticipate my tomorrows. For I cannot deny that my forever is caught up in both.

About Kelley

Kelley is a speaker, author, overseas aid worker and perpetual student. She is passionate about women and gender issues, both in the local and international context, which underpins her enthusiasm for kinwomen and its contribution to women ‘living their finest life’. In 2014 Kelley completed a Masters in International and Community Development before establishing The Foxglove Project. Foxglove is a registered charity focused on supporting international development projects that are sustainable and driven by indigenous leadership. Kelley’s paid work requires her to travel extensively to evaluate and support projects supported by Australian funds. This experience and networking enables Foxglove to partner with outstanding overseas agencies delivering real opportunities for the poor and vulnerable to lead independent self-determined lives. Kelley combines these passions with a love of family and faith. Across more than 30 years of marriage, Kelley and her husband have worked through many of the challenges of building a relationship while raising three sons. Their boys have now finished high school changing the dynamics of family life and relationships. One of her great joys is sharing parenting lessons and learning from good and bad (sometimes disastrous) experiences. She uses humour and common sense to talk about the everyday challenges facing parents in today’s context.

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