Recently on the On Being podcast, Krista Tippett's hosted a conversation with Oliver Burkeman about "Time Management for Mortals". Since January's theme here at TerraLuna has evidentially become Goal-Setting, we thought we'd revisit our first blog post with a few more thoughts for "current you" to contemplate about "future you".
We discussed in our first blog post on New Year's Resolutions that it's sometime fun to dream about the things that "future you" is going to do. At this time of year in particular, those dreams take the form of Resolutions, or, as we at TerraLuna like to think of them, attainable goals.
We've already ensured that we're not chasing "perfectionist fantasies". We've thought about goal-setting which originates in self-love versus self-criticism and we're dedicated to setting only those goals which are truly of interest and of benefit to us.
So let's pause for a moment and envision success. Success! We've planned and executed manageable steps and have achieved that deeply desired goal.
How does it feel?
Does imagining the attainment of the goal impart a big warm fuzzy feeling of satisfaction and joy? Hopefully it does! If it does not, perhaps some more contemplation is in order for, as Oliver Burkeman said in the On Being podcast, we seem too often to live in "...this notion that it’s going to be later that we have things together".
Does "later" ever arrive? When does "current you" metamorphose into "future you"? Will we have the wherewithal to celebrate the achievement or will we arrive to find that the inner critic has moved the proverbial goal post?
In the podcast episode, Krista Tippett quotes Swiss scholar* Marie-Louise von Franz as saying, “There is a strange attitude and feeling that one is not yet in real life. For the time being, one is doing this or that, but...it is not yet what is really wanted. And there is always the fantasy that sometime in the future, the real thing will come about."
The message here is: life is busily happening. Set those attainable goals, yes, by all means but while doing so remember that "current you" is, right now, the "future you" of past days.
I wish for you peace in each day and joy in your body.
*von Franz was a scholar of fairy-tales (and also a Jungian psychologist)!
Emphasis in the quotes is author's, not in original.
Here is the link to the 1-13-2022 episode of the On Being podcast, "Time Management for Mortals", a conversation between Krista Tippett and Oliver Burkeman.