Live in the present.  Live with those who are by your side.  See them.  Here them.  Be there for them.

When I was working with the international students, I learned a bit of Malay.  Not much.  Mostly I could greet people, say thank you and get what I wanted to eat and drink.  Then I asked about verb conjugation.  “How do I say I ate that yesterday, I will eat that tomorrow?”

I got the surprise of my life.  They don’t conjugate verbs.  You learn the verb and you have it.  You need to learn the words for yesterday and tomorrow and a  other handy things like that but that’s it.  No conjugation.

But thinking back on the people I knew, it makes sense.  These were people who lived now.  They were so laid back.

And when another American argued with them, “You have to conjugate.  It isn’t possible not to,” they didn’t argue.  “Okay, yeah.”  She thought she was right, but I knew that phrase.  It means “I’m going to let that pushy American think whatever will get her to shush up and go away.”

Imagine how different our lives would be if we didn’t have . . . how many verb tenses do we have?  I just did a quick search and found 12.  Twelve tenses and all the time references too.  No wonder we are so bad at now.

I’m not sure where I’m going with this but it is definitely something I will keep in mind for the next time I get anxious about yesterday or tomorrow.  Instead, I will try to turn it over to God.

–SueBE

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