Sometimes it’s the simple truths that have the biggest impact, yet it’s those same truths that seem to slip from our mind time and time again.
As I was reading one of my favorite bloggers / idea-guy’s, Jon “The Mythic Man” Acuff, he mentioned a simple truth that has been sticking with me ever since. “Where you are is just for now… it’s not forever.” In reading this, it hit me like a ton of bricks. As I have been mulling this truth over in my mind a couple of examples started to form.
The first is with my kids. My wife and I are in an extremely tough season with whiney kids, whom we love dearly, that have so much energy and always seem to be hungry. There are times we ask ourselves, “Do you think we will miss this stage?” We always answer yes with the understanding that we won’t miss all the whining, but we will miss this stage of life that is so precious and innocent. Soon and very soon we will blink our eyes and they will be in middle school with acne on their face. Then we will blink again and they will be in college and swooning over their “true loves.” We will blink once more and they will be out on their own, carrying on the Stippich legacy and possibly have their own families. As I said, where we are is just for now… it’s not forever.
The other example is with my job. I love getting to partner with so many people and have so many conversations about all sorts of topics. I am also an avid learner and consumer of content which has helped me have better conversations with those I interact with. Is my job perfect, heck no, but it has offered me unbelievable experiences that I wouldn’t trade for anything. In moments where I may be frustrated at my current standing, I go back to the simple truth that where I am is just for now…It’s not forever. I have no idea how long I will be with my current company, but what I do know is that I am going to act as if it’s for 30 years, yet hold it loosely for whatever opportunity comes my way.
We all need to take a moment to breath in those moments of stress and realize that they won’t last forever. Remember, that as long as you are learning and growing, pressing into relationships, and preparing yourself for the next opportunity, wherever you are is just for now…it’s not forever.