“I’ll cross that bridge when I get there!”
To me this works because it keeps me grounded in the present. It helps me stay focused on the here and now. I sometimes worry about the future. And if not careful, one thought can lead to another and then another, and before long, I could be twenty years into the future. Holy moly! That’s not helpful! I don’t have any idea of what twenty years of life experiences are going to bring. And neither do any of you reading this blog post. Let’s face it, we really don’t know every single thing that could happen to us in any given week, month, year. Thinking we can control it all is simply an illusion.
If I do get caught up in worry with thinking about the future or any “What if’s” start creeping in, I keep this saying close by. I still like index cards and Post-it notes; and of course, my every day journal that goes with me everywhere. This is a saying that I write for myself and for others who I help. It’s helpful, it’s grounding, and it keeps us where we are. We are here, in this moment right now, with each other, doing the very best we can possibly do for our families, ourselves and other loved ones. Try and see if it works for you when you mind is racing and you are jumping into the future or trying to solve a thousand “What if’s”. What if you just said to yourself “I’m going to cross that bridge when I get there?” Keep saying over and over until you really feel it. You’ll be glad you did.
Feel free to drop me a line and let me know how it works for you. I’d love to get your take too.