No matter what major, moderate or minor crisis, challenge or conundrum you face in any area of your life, please consider adding the words “, for now” to the end of any thought or communication about your problem or concern.
The phrase, “, for now” is a constant reminder that when “stuff happens,” it is usually reasonable to expect that any “hope, wish, and prayer” for both people and circumstances to change are likely over time, space, and perspective.
“Nothing lasts forever” even though it may seem, otherwise, so whatever may appear to be the case in a particular moment of your life is what it is “, for now.”
It is, theoretically, possible for “, for now”, to be forever but since forever is a very long time in absolute terms and since the current maximum life expectancy for most homo sapiens is 90 years or so, “for now” has palpable heuristic value.
Even when a “condition” may be chronic and the deleterious effects are severe and unremitting, “, for now” permits the individual so-afflicted with an awareness that “nothing lasts forever.”
Interestingly, the same principle applies to “states of ecstasy” in which the recipient of such exquisite joy and pleasure wants the experience to “last a lifetime,” but the truth of the matter is that it is what it is “, for now.”
If the sages throughout the entirety of human history were correct about the importance of “living in the moment of the now,” then it is, concomitantly, logical and intuitively correct to consider that each and every moment of living life only exists and occurs “, for now.”
Author Note: Dr. Larry B. Gelman is a Clinical Psychologist and a Personal Mentor
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