Rehearsing the future

Is impossible of course.

There is no way of practicing what is yet to come.

As we make plans for such an uncertain year

It’s tempting to only feel confident

When we have thought through and made plans for

Every eventuality.

But we’ve never actually known for certain what a day will bring,

And much of life doesn’t allow us to simply repeat

What we anticipated and practiced.

Life, despite our best efforts,

Still refuses to be lived in advance.

The purpose of a rehearsal or a plan or projection

Is really to help us be more confident

In the face of a future we cannot control

By embracing habits that we can.

We do not rehearse because we have figured out

What exactly is going to happen

We rehearse in order to maintain a steady hand

As we navigate whatever tomorrow brings.

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