A Matter of Trust
“What would happen if your future self came to you and told you that everything you want to see happen was going to happen? Would you believe them?”
I read in the car before work every morning, usually a book geared towards self improvement or study. The quote above, from Hardy’s book Personality Isn’t Permanent, stuck with me for the past few hours.
If you, from 2025, showed up at your house and said that every dream you have will happen, would you believe it? What if the end result relied on your faith?
Would I believe it?
What if the largest challenge in your life isn’t that mountain you are facing right now, what if it is the faith to take the first step? What if it is the faith to believe enough to take that step and get your feet in motion?
We all have different stories and experiences that impact our self image. We grow up thinking we deserve what we want, or we don’t. We grow up thinking we are worth it or worthless. Support and trauma shape identity.
We are living in a time where forces demand we hand over the keys of our lives and go along for the ride. Control is a dream. And when you are not in control, then the act of faith itself isn’t worth the effort because the let down is always just over the horizon.
Or is it?
If you are anything like me, the question is a huge challenge. You’ve found yourself in a place you may not enjoy, working days that are unfulfilling. You phone it in. You get home and consume, letting the time slip away because the mental and emotional effort of the day literally took it all and there’s just a shell of yourself left for the very people most important in your life.
We were not meant to live in offices.
We were not meant to give in to the onslaught of technology and the relentless call to keep up. Our kids’ names are not YouTube, Facebook, or Messenger.
I’m not just preaching to you, I’m preaching to me.
If the answer is no, you wouldn’t trust your future self, then the next question is why?
Because faith acts on evidence. Evidence that your brain is triggered to pull up in every discussion of future. Oh no, it says, not now and not here. You’ve been hurt, you’ve struggled, you’ve had prayers not get answered. Your dreams haven’t happened. You are still clocking in and out, still drifting through one day to the next, setting your alarm for the morning, and going to sleep.
Like in The Matrix, we can be batteries for the machine.
Or we can take over.
We can find freedom. We can look forward without the voices from the past screaming.
I don’t know about you, but some days my faith is a matchstick. It is a candle flame in a dark room. The circle of light is barely enough to catch anything beyond its radius.
The question is simple. The question is daily. The question can and will shape your future.
If the you from the future showed up to dinner tonight and told you all your dreams will happen, how would you react? How would you act moving forward?
How would you wake up tomorrow? How would your vision change? How would your dreams change? Would you be challenged and inspired to dream bigger?
Life is not easy. Get to know your future self. Spend some time in their head-space and learn to act towards it. Move forward, not backward, and see where momentum takes you.
Originally published at http://p356writing.com on July 20, 2020.