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How often do you think about, and plan for, the future? Do you think it ever interferes with your ability to live in the moment?

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  • I live in light of eternity. And yes, and I do hope the thought of eternity interferes with every moment of every day.

    You will not stroll into Christlikeness with your hands in your pockets, shoving the door open with a careless shoulder. This is no hobby for one's leisure moments, taken up at intervals when we have nothing much to do, and put down and forgotten when our life grows full and interesting... It takes all one's strength, and all one's heart, and all one's mind, and all one's soul, given freely and recklessly and without restraint. - Arthur John (A. J.) Gossip

  • Настоящим умеют жить только сильные люди, способные трезво вопринимать и принимать действительность...

  • I hardly never think about the near future, as in my lifetime. I do however, imagine a future far after my death, an unrecognizable world that would seem alien to me. I sometimes feel envy at the people from the future, for my life will seem ancient compared to theirs. Since I have no plans for the immediate future, sometimes the fear of not knowing what will come grips me. I become anxious and full of worry. Therefore I attempt to live as fully into the present as I can, although at times I feel hope and excitement at the thought of a better future.

  • Конечно мешают, поэтому и стараюсь думать об этом реже)

  • I often think and plan about the future, but I've now learnt from a bad relationship never try and plan a future with someone else - especially when it's more than a year or two away. Chances are they won't stick around to see it.

    This is the reason now I only aim for things. Like I'm currently doing an undergraduate degree, but to have a specific career at the end I  need a postgraduate qualification of some kind. So I have been looking up post-grad stuff but it's really only so I know the sorts of marks I need and can work toward it. It's an aim, not a future.

  • I have realized that in my life planning doesn't mean much. I have planned so much before until it all came crashing down and I was miserable because of it. Now, I live day by day, rarely plan anything, just go with it. I have found that my life is so much easier that way. I still do everything that needs to be done , live a life that revolves around work and paying bills but I still manage to do everything else that I feel like doing. I am much calmer cause of it, I feel better about myself. I like it.


  • I plan and think about the future quite a bit. I mean, who doesn't? The only way we can move is forward; so how could we not think about it? 

    I'm constantly planning and trying to keep the ball rolling. I make plans and try to come up with realistic, multiple ways to achieve those goals. Sometimes I think I pass up time with friends and family because I'm afraid that if I waste my time playing silly games and running around and spending too much money, I'll only take steps back instead of forward.

    That doesn't mean I always turn my friends down, or tell them "No. Not tonight. I haven't made my next step yet." But it does affect how much I enjoy the time spent with my loved ones. 

    I went as far as to make lists. To come home every night and write down each and every expense I would have to make enough money to pay for. Every night. For hours on end, and I would stress over the fact that I would have to struggle just to make ends meet, and that that was the only possible way I would be able to do all the things I wanted. My boyfriend had to tell me stop after he realized how often I was doing it. 

    I guess I didn't really see the harm it was doing. Now, I still make lists and write things down and try to plan; I just do it moderately. lol. And I try not to stress too much about it. I still have that little problem to deal with, but I'm trying to not worry about it. ;)

  • I think about my future ALL the time. and Yes, sometimes it does interfere.. but... It's mostly the stress about things that need to get done that gets to me and interferes. 
  • I actually have a really hard time with this. I think about and plan for the future WAAAAY too often. And, yes, I think it interferes with my ability to live in the moment all the time. I've tried to become more "in the now" over the last few years, but I get so frustrated with the now sometimes. I want to plan for when I'm in better shape and can do active stuff, for when we have money (this one comes up a lot), for when I'm done with this damn studying, for when I'm in school again, for when I finally have a degree, for when I'm working at the "permanent" job I want to be at for the rest of my life. *sigh* I struggle with this all the time. It's really tough, too, to balance what we could do now with a little bit of money with saving that little bit for later. Tom and I have been trying lately to find things we can do that won't interfere too much with what we want to put back, but it's tough. There's not a whole lot you can do for free, and some of the things we could do for free, we'd have to drive to (mountains, etc.), and Tom's sure our car's gonna' give out on us soon. which we definitely can't afford to deal with, so he doesn't want to risk wearing it out anymore than we have to. *sigh* How do YOU deal with this battle? Do you have a way to find fun and joy in the present while trying to still keep preparing for the someday?
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