by Kenneth Justice
~Last week at coffee the group at my table was talking about the future. The consensus of most of the people sitting with me is that the future of the world doesn’t look very bright.
—) Economic blight and instability seems to be here to stay
—) War in the Middle East will go on till the end of time
—) Violence (gun shootings, murder) seems like it will never end
All of those things and more were used as evidence for the dire predictions everyone was making about the future. Nobody seemed to have a positive forecast for the coming years.
Perhaps my mind is just too deluded from all the coffee I drink……but I don’t have such a negative view of the future. I can only think that the best is yet to come. I mean think about it, how much worse can it really get?
—) Seems to me like there are more people out of jobs than ever, but its gotta get better
—) Seems to me like violence has always been around
—) Seems to me like economies go up and down like a roller coaster throughout history
I guess more importantly, I feel that if I allow myself to be overwhelmed with thinking about a dire future…..than what good will that do in assisting me in helping to make things better?
When I worked as a substance abuse counselor I often thought about attitude; some of my clients had the attitude that they ‘could never overcome their addiction’ and ‘this is my lot in life’. So a big part of my responsibility as a counselor was being a constant encouragement; I had to tell them the best is yet to come.
Perhaps you and I have to reassess our expectations; if we are going to live in reality we know that it is unlikely the huge and lofty economic dreams we had as children may never come to fruition….but that’s okay. We can replace our old dreams with new dreams.
Perhaps our new vision for the future needs to be different than our old vision. Perhaps our new vision needs to be connected to working together with each other more than we ever expected we would need to do.
For instance, when I was younger I probably thought that individually I would be able to make all of my economic dreams come true…..all by myself. Then as I got older and costs of living skyrocketed, while salaries and jobs took a downward spiral I realized that my dreams may never come true……..I began to lose hope.
But, then I started observing recent immigrants to the United States and the way they pooled their resources together. It amazed me to find out that first generation immigrants in the United States make up one of the largest percentiles of new business owners in my country.
–) They are succeeding because they are working together
–) They are succeeding because they are not doing it alone
–) They are succeeding because many of the countries they have come from are even worse off economically than the United States
Have many of us been given the short end of the stick by our government? Yes.
Have many of us been told lies about the value of our college education? Yes.
Have many of us taken advantage of by the political leaders in office? Yes
But at a certain point, just like I told my clients at the rehab clinic; I have to change my attitude if I want to have a better life. I can’t dwell too long on the people and leaders who have screwed me. I can’t waste my time thinking about the way it ‘should of been’.
The best is yet to come
I have a faith in humanity. Perhaps it stems from my faith in God and my belief we are created in the image of the divine creator. Nonetheless, I believe we humans have tremendous ingenuity power and if we put our minds to it; we can overcome the obstacles in place and build a bridge to our dreams.
Sure, we might have to alter our perspective on the future, we might have to downsize our dreams just a tad……but it doesn’t mean we have to give up hope.
It does mean we may have to work together. It does mean we may have to let down our guards a little bit and rely on each other more. It does mean we may have to come up with entirely new and creative ideas in building a better future.
But then again…..perhaps all this coffee is making me go loony
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