I wonder if you have ever found yourself doing this. Iíve done it a few times now and itís starting to feel a bit unusual. The other night I was trying to find a television show that I had saved on my Foxtel IQ. I was pushing the fast forward button to avoid the advertisements and nothing was happening. I was looking at the remote then to the television and back to the remote again. The little light was working and Iíd recently changed the batteries so that couldnít be the problem. Just as I was starting to sigh rather loudly about things not working properly my daughter laughed and said ďMum, thatís tonightís show. Youíre trying to fast forward into the futureĒ. I laughed too and managed to start again and find the saved program, which I was able to fast forward.
This was a few days ago now but Iíve been thinking about that idea quite a bit since then. The idea of fast forwarding into the future is quite absurd so Iím not suggesting that time travel to the future is possible or that Iím trying to work out how to do it. What Iíve been thinking about is the connections between past, present and future. How time blends and blurs the boundaries. How the anticipation of the future sometimes dominates the present. How the past dominates the present and potentially the future, if we let. How we have some control over the present and future but canít change the past. I notice this most when Iím travelling by plane. When you feel swept into a vortex, into a time vacuum where past, present and future seem to mean nothing. Youíre switched off from the present in some ways because you canít use technology but of course you are present with the people in the plane. You are still impacted by the past and the future seems to be approaching rapidly as you focus on your destination. This is particularly weird when there are time changes and you lose or gain an hour or more.
Perhaps this focus into the future means that your present can be lost. You are always thinking and planning ahead rather than living in and for the moment. Valuing what you have at this very point in time, not hoping and wishing about the future, could help us all be more present and positive about what we have right here and now.