“Set vivid, detailed goals for the future and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.” – Denis Waitley, American author and speaker.
By living in the present, mindful of goals and willing to work to bring them about – perhaps adding the proviso “All things being equal” or, if we prefer, “God willing” – shaping the future is something each of us can choose to do.
Living without goals is likewise a choice, yet if we do have goals then making an effort to reach them seems a sensible course of action. Or, we can ask, are they in actual fact just dreams, handy for getting us through each day but nothing more?
Listening to Wzen Internet radio station (http://wzen.org/) the other day, I was fortunate to catch the 2010 TEDTalk by the education scientist Sugata Mitra concerning his experiments in self-teaching. Hearing him describe his findings suggests that shaping the future is something we can all really do, regardless of circumstances.
If you are curious, Mitra’s talk can most likely be found via the websites of TEDTalk, Google and YouTube. In any case, thanks for being here today. As ever, if you’d like to share your input regarding these posts, please leave a comment below.