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Over the weekend, my friends and I got into a discussion about envisioning one’s future, while living in and enjoying the present moment. 
One of my friends recently decided to create a “vision board”, which includes images and text about the type of long-term relationship she wants, her career path, and personal goals. I think this is a great idea, especially for visual types who are inspired by imagery. I also think it’s vitally important to get clear on what you want, by stating both the essence of what you’re seeking (ex. happiness, freedom, fulfillment, etc.) as well as the specifics (ex. a new car, a certain type of home, a particular job, etc.). 
I reminded my friend that although it’s important to set goals for one’s future and to enthusiastically envision these goals and visions coming to fruition, it’s also equally important to let go of the attachment to any particular outcome. The universe works in mysterious ways. With that understanding, I believe timing plays a key role in opening doors and making things happen. 
Over the course of my life, I’ve realized that appreciating my past (all the experiences and connections I’ve shared with other people, both good and bad) has helped shaped me into the person I am today. I’ve found that personal growth is accelerated when we clearly recognize the lessons we have learned from every situation we have encountered. 
A book I frequently turn to is called Personal Power Through Awareness (by Sanaya Roman). The author points out that “every comment you make is directing energy, towards the past, the present or the future… If you want a better future, speak of it, picture it, say it to others. Only you can create for yourself what you want.”

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