Orphan Annie Sings, “Tomorrow”

How does one hang on until tomorrow? Though tomorrow brings with it possibility and hope, my fear is that we will get lost in focusing on tomorrow so much that we forget about the wonder that is now. I am the first to admit that I am a pro at putting things off—chores, errands, phone calls, work assignments, exercising, even praying—with the ever present mantras of “tomorrow will be the day I start” and “it can wait, I can do that tomorrow.” However, more and more, I have come to realize that my “chronic putting offness” has prevented me from fully embracing now. Waiting until tomorrow can be hopeful but what if it never comes. Are we missing out on living life in the moment? Many have said that now is a gift, that is why it is called the present; it’s a bit cliché but it is powerful in its truthful simplicity. How do we live in the tension and harmony of lifting our hopes for tomorrow with living the possibility of now? If Annie teaches us about hanging on until tomorrow, how do we live Rent’s prophetic reminder of “there’s only now…there’s only here…no day but today”?

- Delfin Bautista


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