When I was a child, I would be asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I think my very first dream was to be a teacher. As I grew, my dreams would change as I experienced more of life, traveled to different countries, and experienced different cultures.

We are such a rainbow of cultures, we humans. Some take life just as it is, meeting each day with grace. Some isolate themselves deep into jungles, shunning western ways. Some are peaceful, many more warring, still fighting ancient battles lost eons ago.

Some plan for their grandchildren, not really living today, only the future. Some live in the past, viewing the future through a mirror looking backward. They mourn this day, can see beauty only in the shadows of what was. Some people live in the moment, not worried for tomorrow, no responsibility for yesterday.

I have agonized about the future and regretted the past. I have danced at the moment. I am learning to remember the past without regrets, and leave tomorrow for tomorrow. It is harder to be present and in the now. To make the decision to do…what…with this gift of time.

The Jesuit’s creed is “…to see God in everything…” I like that. It really doesn’t matter what we ‘do’ when we grow up, what we ‘become’, as long as it is kind. Maybe we can decide to be that-kind-with our time. As always, my hopes are for your hopes and dreams. T