Looking Forward

photo of a lighted candle

It’s easier to go forward if you’re looking that way. On the other side of things, we most often go the way we’re heading.

I’ve copied another quote, the attribution here seems to be: THE POEM IS BY: BOUCAR DIOUF, HE IS FROM SENEGAL, THE POEM IS CALLED “LATER”..

There is in this rather long/short poetry a warning and an encouragement not just for the young but for whoever reads this no matter where they are in life. It is summed up well in the last few verses.

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“Barely the day started and it’s already six in the evening.

Barely arrived on Monday and it’s already Friday.

.. and the month is already over.

.. and the year is almost over.

.. and already 40, 50 or 60 years of our lives have passed.

.. and we realize that we lost our parents, friends.

.. and we realize it’s too late to go back.

So.. Let’s try, despite everything, to enjoy the remaining time.

Let’s keep looking for activities that we like.

Let’s put some color in our grey.

Let’s smile at the little things in life that put balm in our hearts.

And despite everything, we must continue to enjoy with serenity this time we have left. Let’s try to eliminate the afters…

I’m doing it after…

I’ll say after…

I’ll think about it after.

We leave everything for later like ′′ after ′′ is ours.

Because what we don’t understand is that:

Afterwards, the coffee gets cold…

afterwards, priorities change…

Afterwards, the charm is broken…

Afterwards, health passes…

Afterwards, the kids grow up.

Afterwards parents get old.

Afterwards, promises are forgotten.

Afterwards, the day becomes the night…

Afterwards, life ends.

And then it’s often too late…

So.. Let’s leave nothing for later…

Because still waiting to see later, we can lose the best moments,

the best experiences,

best friends,

the best family.

The day is today… The moment is now…

We are no longer at the age where we can afford to postpone what needs

to be done right away.

So let’s see if you have time to read this message and then share it. Or maybe you’ll leave it for… ′′ later “…

And you’ll never share it…”

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“Romans 13:

11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.”