The other day I watched Finding Nemo, one of the Disney films I really enjoy. When Dory and Marlin are searching for his lost son Nemo and it seems like they’re doomed to fail, Marlin says, “I promised I’d never let anything happen to him.”
Dory responds, “Hmm. That’s a funny thing to promise. You can’t never let anything happen to him. Then nothing would ever happen to him. Not much fun for little Harpo.”
As someone who often worries about people I love, I find this incredibly insightful. The truth is we never can know for certain when a storm is coming. We can’t fully protect ourselves or the people we love from hardship.
What we can do is choose not to cause ourselves pain by shutting down, fearing everything that might go wrong. When we hide from the worst that could possibly happen, we also close ourselves off from the best.
As you read this if you are feeling fearful about things that might go wrong tomorrow, come back to the present and recognise things that are going right today.
There is a lot of sunshine to enjoy in life, but we can only appreciate it if we are willing to be firmly rooted in the here and now.