Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Trust30; day 17: Invent the Future

A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

My favorite quote of all time is Alan Kay: ‘In order to predict the future, you have to invent it.’ I am all about inventing the future. Decide what you want the future to be and make it happen. Because you can. Write about your future now


My first prediction for the (immediate) future; there will be complaints from many of the #Trust30 bloggers, citing yet another case of "repetitive repetition" with this prompt.

My second prediction for the (almost immediate) future; I will be fairly tired today as I have yet to go to bed and the alarm is set for slightly more than three hours from now so I can make it into the Bronx (NY) for a 10 am training session.

I've got the seer's turban on tonight, baby!

There have been so many goals, ideals, dreams listed here that I wish to utilize this post as a meditation on how I feel in the future. There is a definite method to this madness.

The future, like tomorrow, never comes. We can only live here and now. Postponed feelings (which sound much like "I'll be happy when...") to me are frustrated feelings... aborted emotions. The mind has been cited in numerous studies of not knowing the difference between what is imagined and what is real. So...

Why do we dream? Why do we really want anything?

The answer is shockingly simple and yet I had to let it seep into my consciousness for quite some time before I got it; we want the joy, the happiness... we want to feel good.

When we understand this and line up with it, we realize that we can feel good now... right now. The only time that there is. And it's available to us immediately.

So I picture myself driving my wonderful Mercedes sports car along the Hana Highway, absorbing the astounding beauty of Maui while driving at a heady fifteen miles per hour (twenty if I'm lucky!) I smell the air, fresh and energized with the positive ions of boundless rainbows and waterfalls. I stop to luxuriate in the five different temperate zones that one frequents while driving this road. Once past tiny, charming Hana, having picked up homemade banana bread from the local stands to nourish me, I choose to stop at Haleakala National park and take a dip in the pools of Oheo Gulch. I am, as always, intoxicated by the wordless beauty of it all.

Inspired by the land, I slip a CD into the player to intensify the feeling in my soul. Keali'i Reichel will do just perfectly here. I choose his Melelana album and drift away on his native chants while driving. I know that my love and I are running low on wine back in the condo, so an hour or so later I turn into the Tedeschi winery at Ulapalkua Ranch to sample and buy several bottles including their Maui Splash. It is amazing that a wine made with pineapple can taste so wonderful.

Finally, I am back at our home in Kihei. We get to do what we love to do every night; sit on our lanai and watch yet another magnificent sunset, holding hands and toasting the life that we love and appreciate so much. It never gets old. We always stay young in mind and heart.

And I get to do, to feel this all, now.

How good am I?

(Answer: Very.)


  1. absolutely right.. we all just wanted to be happy !!!

  2. This is lovely-- your joy in what is and what will be is truly inspiring.

  3. If all of you felt even a morsel of the joy I was feeling as I wrote today's post, I am glad that a few of the "bubbles" made their way to your soul. Now go make more bubbles and let them fly!

  4. Man oh man, that was beautiful. I definitely see a trip to Hawaii in my future. Thanks for the brief mental vacation.