May 12 • 6M

Robbed by the unknown.

May 12, 2022

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Honest, candid and straightforward ideas for living a fulfilling life and reaching our potential. Hiya. I'm Matthew Royston, the husband of one, father of four, and The Bold Brit [honest, candid, Inspiring]. I grew up in Bristol, England but currently enjoy living in Utah, United States. I want to live a fulfilling life, reach my potential, and help others do the same. I have concluded that progress in our personal development, robust personal relationships, deep and abiding faith in Jesus Christ, and having a healthy body and mind are the core components of a fulfilling life. The rest of life is often insignificant, or unimportant.
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What I’m Thinking

23,411. That’s the number of photos I have stored. That’s a lot of photos.

Something I love about photos today is that I can type and search for dates, places and even people or objects. How brilliant.

Anyway, I decided last night to search all the pictures I’ve ever taken during the month of May.

As I started looking through the 1,961 photos I’ve taken over the past decade during the months of May, I was reminded of all the great and wonderful things in my life.

But as I was sat looking at pictures of our small family at Cannon Beach, Oregon back in 2016, I thought to myself, “I wish I had allowed myself to enjoy that moment more than I did”

It’s always easy to say that with the advantage of hindsight of course.

Back then, I was still working to get my associates, we had two young children, an old Ford Taurus, and a little money in the bank.

But I feared the unknown future. Would I ever graduate? Would our car make it? What if our money runs out? What if I can’t figure out what I want to do?

Now as I’m looking back, I know the answers to those questions. I did graduate, our car ended up dying but we found another one, the money never ran out and I still don’t exactly know what I want to do with my life!

Back then however, I didn’t have these answers and I allowed the fear of the unknown future to rob me of some of the joy I could have experienced in that moment with my family as the waves crashed onto a beach on the beautiful Oregon coast.

The future will always be unknown. I can plan and prepare all I like, and I should, but the reality is, I can never predict what’s coming ahead with absolute certainty.

But what is known are the current moments I find myself experiencing.

I know that what today holds because I am experiencing it live. The task then is to allow the future and my past to sink away for a moment so that I can more fully enjoy the precious moments that constantly occur. Otherwise I’ll be robbed of happy, peaceful moments for a lifetime.

What do you do to help you be present and enjoy the moment instead of living in the past or fearing the future?

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What I’m Reading

It’s been another slow reading week with all the traveling and moving. So I’m still working on 12 Rules for Life.

When we are defeated… Our posture droops. We face the ground. We feel threatened, hurt, anxious and weak. If things do not improve, we become chronically depressed. (Page 15)

I’m compiling a list of non-fiction books to read. If you had to suggest the most influential book you’ve read, what would you suggest I read?

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What I’m Doing

We finally made it to Almost Heaven West Virginia. We arrived just after midday on Tuesday and you couldn’t have asked for better weather! Now we begin the task of turning what was a rental into a home we love.

Our new home is a modest 1200 square-foot house with three bedrooms, one bathroom, and a lot of potential. At least Cassandra and I see lots of potential. But the best part of it all is that we own it! It’s ours free and clear!

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