No One Has Been To My Future

            The future is not someplace we are going to, but a place we are creating.                                  John Schaar, Futurist

Robert Frost, in his famous poem, The Road Not Taken, chose the road less traveled. This, of course, suggested that there was a road more traveled. Taking the road less traveled in those days was unconventional wisdom. It was considered the risky, creative approach. Today is should be considered impossible.

On today’s journey to the future I don’t have a choice between the road less traveled and the road more traveled. No one has been where I am going. No one has experienced the future I will experience. The only choice I have is the road never traveled. I will travel on uncharted waters; there are no road maps, no advanced scouts, no “white knights” showing the way.

My Rules Of The Road are my three rules for my journey. They are more intuitive than rational, without authorized empirical research. And they are tentative. I am not asking you to adopt my rules but to create your own. Or maybe you already have some.

My Rules:

#1. Focus on the Inner Journey. The only journey is the one within, Rainer M. Rilke.    The way I see the journey IS the journey. My view makes all the difference. Getting there is half the fun. “Life is a journey” is a useful metaphor. It helps me think of my journey as a process. My life’s journey is what I am doing, not where I am going. What I am doing on my journey is determined by the way I see my journey, which is determined by me.

Wherever you go, there you are.  Jon Kabat-Zinn

 #2. Plan to Take Detours. The shortest distance between two points is always under construction, Murphy’s Law. Avoid rigid rules. They prevent side trips, or spontaneous excursions. Detours can be part of my “planned ” life’s journey. Road rules should always be under construction. Maybe getting side-tracked may sometimes be good strategy. If I get sidetracked, I may end up somewhere else, and somewhere else may be where I wanted to be but didn’t know it. Or I may simply enjoy traveling the detoured path.

When you come to a fork in the road, take it. Yogi Berra.

 Rule #3. Stop, Look & Imagine. Imagination is more important than knowledge, Albert Einstein.  Stopping is helpful because it helps me reflect and contemplate. Looking at where I am and where I am going is also helpful. But imagining may be the most help of all. I can’t know the future but I can imagine it. I can even imagine multiple futures. Imagination promotes creativity, inventiveness and resourcefulness to dream possibilities. My image of the future may be the most important factor in determining what it will be.

We don’t need a visionary leader, we need support for vision itself. Marilyn Ferguson.

Each one of us needs to create our own rules of the road.  Do you have yours?

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  1. Eugene Unger says:

    Beautiful thoughts. Enjoy your road to and through your future. One hour? One day? One week? Hand made by you? Nice thoughts, creative thoughts, however empty. Don’t count on controlling Or creating your future! Ask Rose about having created her future? Remember your your tennis/ heart incident? Created by you? We can create a present life of love and gratitude for this moment and hopefully as we step into the next with with the Grace of father God walking this road less travelled with a partner who loves us as we trust to see a future path. Live or die? Illness or health? Love fully? Walk in confidence with a God who loves you HB. Who will you quote with your last breath? O by the way, good morning my good friend! Lying next to my beloved wife who is Cancer free and recovering well, sobers my morning thoughts. Gene



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