Some days, my affirmation or thought for the day keeps thoughts churning in the back of my mind during the day as I focus on the tasks at hand. Today is one of those days. In fact tonight, I’m even wondering what prompted me to create this entry, “My Future is Secure.”
The notion of a secure future is almost laughable on the surface. No one has a crystal ball or can predict what will come to pass. Financial stability is a myth because one never knows what will happen or what will not. We all live day to day hoping for the best and working hard to avoid the worst. Much, if not most of the future lies outside of our control.
I don’t mean to sound like a doomsayer, because I’m not. The reality is, life is unpredictable and uncertain and there are many reasons we have every right to doubt the security of our individual and combined futures.
I can speak from personal experience. I’ve gone from owning a beautiful house to near foreclosure and being thankful for the opportunity to rent and care for my current home and artist’s vessel.
One of the most embarrassing moments of my life was when a Sheriff knocked on my door to serve me papers about my house and the debt owed. I knew it was coming, but I was mortified all the same. Thank goodness I was home and my son, who was 14 at the time, didn’t have to answer the door and wonder.
I’d done everything humanly possible to avoid the situation, but when the money runs out – it runs out, and you are only left with the options offered or allowed by the rules and regulations. If only the options had included compromise and reason instead of legalese and a lack of humanity.
I thought I’d never get past the experience, let alone be able to share it.
I’ve learned that my future isn’t secure or certain in the traditional ways we think of our lives. We’re taught to set SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely). What we’re not taught is how to handle it when things like the housing market crash turn our world upside down.
What has gotten me through the difficult times and keeps me focused on the unbelievable and amazing possibilities the future holds, are the people in my life.
My future is not certain, but it is secure. It’s not secure in that I know where every dollar is coming from or that I have any idea what tomorrow brings, but I know that no matter what tomorrow morning brings my family and friends will be there for me and I will be there for them.