Happy New Year! 2019 has descended upon us in a fashion similar to many years before – all too quickly. Looking forward to the future may inspire hope, anxiety, or a bit of both. Whatever is true in your case, I have some wisdom to share with you.
As a point of fact, the wisdom comes not from me but from one of the most brilliant and creative minds of the modern era. I am referring to Clive Staples Lewis. Known widely as C.S. Lewis, he was an author of such works as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Great Divorce and Mere Christianity. Lewis was not only a scholar of the highest order, but he was also an author who could reach a variety of audiences. One of his lesser known works, which is important for our look at the future, was published first in 1942 and is entitled The Screwtape Letters. In this work, Lewis skillfully describes the epic battle between good and evil. In the midst of this raging war, Lewis makes a seemingly off-handed comment that, in a way that only he can, will make you pause and may even change the course of your year to come.
You see, the future, he writes, is “something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.”1 Not the most earth-shattering insight you’ve ever read? Wait just a minute. Lewis is not simply stating the obvious, but rather, he is talking about a proper view toward the future. And this view is that you and the King of Sweden have one thing in common – the future happens to us all at the same rate of speed.
But what does this have to do with your future? It’s very simple. Every minute counts because the future is happening now. The future isn’t something that will only happen later. On the contrary, it is something that is constantly taking place…every minute of every hour. Do you want 2019 to be the year of your perfect score on the SAT, a 4.0 GPA, or a promotion at work? What are you doing now? The future is now. Waiting until a time in the future when reaching your goals will be more convenient or more easily attainable may lead to a missed opportunity.
Don’t let 2020 come too quickly. Live right now. You never know…maybe you’ll have a better year than the King of Sweden! And if you think that improving your English skills is in your future, MET has a top English teacher in Livermore who can help you reach your goals.
1 C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters: Also Includes “Screwtape Proposes A Toast” (New York: Touchstone, 1996), 93.