What if you could see into the future and you could preview your life for the next five years? Would you really want to know what’s going to happen to you and your family in advance?
Before you say yes, ask yourself if it would depress you to know the bad things that were going to happen. Wouldn’t you feel cheated missing the delightful surprise of the good things that are bound to happen?
The thought of predicting the future fascinates many of yes. We can make educated guesses, but the fact is, no one knows for sure what will happen in the future.
In a similar vain, American author Dorothy Fisher once wrote, “It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest.”
When a new year begins, experts attempt to predict the trends. Some do it for pure entertainment. Others are paid big bucks to give investors and business leaders a head start. Many pregnant couples opt to wait to find out the sex of their child, adding to the excitement.
If fortune tellers were legit, they would all be rich…winning all the big lottery jackpots. We want to believe there is a pot at the end of the rainbow. Life is full of mysteries and unexpected surprises.
Medical researchers may offer the best hope of peeking into the future. They are finding ways to predetermine if people are predisposed to serious illnesses, such as cancer, heart disease and other life-altering ailments.
People must decide. Do they want to know their future? The answers may be good, or bad. Part of the beauty of life is the uncertainty.
Would you read a 500-page mystery novel if you knew the secret ending in advance? Are movies as good when you have already seen the ending? Would you pay $2,000 to attend a major sporting event if you knew who was going to win?
The present is the gift. It’s not the destination that thrills us, it is the journey getting there. What we really crave, and what keeps us motivated is the excitement and the suspense of tomorrow. What’s just around the corner.