The Promise of Tomorrow
September 9, 2012 § Leave a comment
It’s early Sunday morning and I’m up pondering what tomorrow brings. Skjalg took Nyquil (American cold and flu medication) before he went to bed, so he will probably sleep for a couple more hours – which he really needs. I could have stayed in bed a little bit longer and enjoyed the last morning where I can sleep in with a good conscience, but my brain honestly just doesn’t work that way. I’m the type of person who, as soon as my eyes open in the morning, starts to think about all the things I need to do and how much better my day will be if I get an early start on it. So here I am, left alone to the mercy of my thoughts.
The theme of my thoughts this morning is tomorrow – not just my tomorrow, but tomorrow in general. It’s fascinating really, how much the nine thousand or so tomorrows of my life have varied from each other. It can be an exciting day with friends, a day of pure relaxation, a day of errands, travel, joy, challenge…the list could go on forever. I must admit that in my short life I’ve had many a great tomorrow. Tomorrow I am graduating from high school. Tomorrow I am moving to Los Angeles. Tomorrow I am moving to Norway. Tomorrow I am celebrating two years together with my best friend. Tomorrow my brother and I are leaving for a trip that will take us around the world: Hong Kong, Los Angeles, San Francisco and back to Oslo. Tomorrow I am taking the entrance exam for medical school. Tomorrow we are moving to Budapest.
All of these tomorrows represent hard work, dedication and everything that goes into making a dream a reality. But this one, this big one that is approaching faster than I can process, this tomorrow is a day more than 7 years in the making. All of the tomorrows that I have had in my life were just steps to bring me to this tomorrow. And I am finally here. Tomorrow marks the culmination of each one of my efforts, decisions, challenges and successes. Yes, there are bigger tomorrows on the horizon but this one is, without a doubt, the grandest tomorrow of my life thus far.
In the spirit of tomorrow and the promise it brings, I feel some inspirational brain fuel is in order.
YouTube video: Rudy and the Janitor
“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
― Winston Churchill
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
― Marianne Williamson, Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”