Bob Denny: Is time travel in your future?


Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 at 4:20 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 10, 2013 at 4:20 p.m.

Have you ever thought how exciting and amazing it would be to travel back in time, or into the future? You could fix problems of the past, or learn secrets of the future, like seeing how your great great grandchildren’s lives are turning out? What an opportunity it would be to change history, to change the world, or to take advantage of the precious secrets hidden in the future!

Some scientists ponder whether going back in time to correct mistakes may be possible. Like in the movie “Back to the Future,” if you went back and prevented your parents from meeting, you would never be born! So how could you be here in the first place to go back? Some scientists also think that if you were to make any change at all, it would alter the present universe and make it unrecognizable. Each change we made might create an entirely different universe!

Will it ever be possible to travel into the future? Could we visit it and discover the next fortune to be made, or see which lottery numbers are going to win, then come back and use that knowledge to our advantage? Or could we see the future results of choices you make in the present, and use that knowledge to better use the opportunities that life will present to you?

Well, we might never achieve time travel. We can’t now change the past, but we can choose how we think about it. Instead of having regrets, we can accept that we did what we could with what we had to work with. We can use our past mistakes to learn and grow from, and to avoid making the same mistakes again. We can make better choices for the future. Seeing history as having made us what we are today, we could choose not to harbor resentments or have regrets. We could see situations that life has presented us in a more positive light. Being able to learn from the past is a sign of wisdom and character.

Maybe it’s not now possible to visit the future, but we do have a lot of power to build a better future right now. What would you like to do with your future? Your future is determined not only by life’s situations, but also by your own dreams, hopes, and plans.

Positive thinkers say that if you can visualize what you want to do, to be or to have, you’re already most of the way to achieving it. When set in the right direction, your mind starts taking steps to make it happen. Don’t be afraid to use your imagination. Dream your wildest dreams.

When I’ve daydreamed about what I want in my life, the eventual results usually surpass my dreams. What are your dreams? What skills, talents, knowledge and character traits will you need to develop to make it happen?

So, even if you can’t change the past, you do have a lot of control of the way you think, your daily activities, and your plans for a better life. Build the best future you can for yourself. Learn and grow in the process. Wow. Use that power you have to make your future the future of your dreams!

Bob Denny is a licensed mental health therapist in Florida who teaches psychology and human growth and development at Florida Gateway College

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