There will be an agreement in whatever variety of actions, so they be each honest and natural in their hour. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
What would you say to the person you were five years ago? What will you say to the person you’ll be in five years?
If I looked back at the person I was five years ago, I would say, “Nice job.” I can honestly say I was genuinely happy with who I was and what I had accomplished. There were things which I would have changed, but for the most part I was happy with who I was.
Emerson discusses an agreement in our actions which is “honest and natural in their hour.” I assess and reassess my goals every month. I’m not perfect and I often need to be “retooled.” I attempt to set goals for myself which are realistic but often what seems realistic at the time does not several days or even weeks later.
To the person I will be in five years, I would say, “Keep your head up. Keep looking forward and keep following your dreams.” I am unsure where I will be and what I will be doing in the next five years. The specificity of that question does not mean as much to me as maybe others believe it should. An 88 year-old patient recently responded to my question “How are you doing?” with the response, “I’m on this side of the grass. Everyday is a good day.” I had written a previous blog post where the ideas of this individual to live life in life’s terms were the main topic. As I pondered this topic, I thought, “Is there any other way to live life, other than on life’s terms?”