This morning I released a video encouraging people to focus on today's success. While it might seem easy for many, it's not because we've been conditioned to cast ourselves into the future.
While I'm not saying that vision casting is problematic, I am saying that sometimes it steals the joy of today. When we vision cast without daily, intentional focus, we risk giving way to anxiety, fatigue, and depression.
As a futurist, I've found it more challenging to focus on the present than on the future. I don't know how that works because I have to manage the now to reach the intended end. However, I've noticed that it wasn't the day-to-day that stressed me; it was the future.
How is this going to happen?
What will need to happen for me to make it?
Who should I tell?
Who can help me?
Can anyone help me?
Will I have to brave this alone?
Am I afraid of the future?
What will this cost me?
"My times are in your hands" Psalm 31:15
In my quiet time with God, He's reminded me that my times are in His hands. It's like He's saying, "Briana, I've already taken care of your future; I need you to take care of your present and cast the rest of your cares on me. I am your Father. Be here. Be present. Don't stress."
I'll be the first to tell you that I need that daily reminder, especially as I've been working to live in the moment. Being present is foreign to me but since I've been practicing it, I've lowered my stress levels, prevented cystic acne breakouts, and I have much more energy.
It's nice on this side of casting my cares on God, and I urge you to cross over, too.
So what does success look like for you today? That's what I want you to focus on. Focus on the day because that's all you're responsible for.
"So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." -Psalm 90:12
Do you need encouragement and tips to help you focus?
I want to remind you that you are important and that you don’t have to strive for anything. I know that you might want to have things and even be successful, but there is great stress attached to being disconnected from the world around you and even yourself. Trauma, on any level, disconnects us from ourselves.
When you focus, you are moving from passive existence to active engagement.
You are going from a bystander to a participant. Ultimately, you are deciding to change your world and therefore thee world, but first you must be willing to confront some things.