Que Sera, Sera
I can remember my mother singing “Que Sera, Sera” to me when I was a little boy, and it has always been a positive memory for me. Not until I was in Spanish class my senior year in high school did it occur to me that “Que sera, sera” literally means “What will be, will be,” even though those were the repetitive lyrics. Sometimes we just don’t connect the obvious dots in life.
At thirty five years of age, I am still coming to appreciate the rich and profound wisdom of this simple saying. The truth is, what will be… will be. While this truth may seem so obvious as to be worth no further consideration or discussion, here is why I am coming to value its wisdom as so important in my life:
I can really invest emotional time and energy on thoughts of what may happen. Unrealized dramas that are sure to unfold. Terrible injustices that I just know are set to take place. Heights of glory that I will certainly attain. And so forth and so on.
I don’t know about you, but when I spend considerable time and energy on what has yet to happen, it leaves me with less available focus and energy to engage well in the moment that is actually before me now. As my old friend Master Oogway says, “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. But today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” Man, would I love to hear him sing “Que Sera, Sera!”
May you (mind, body, and spirit) live well in the present as you grow to trust that what will be, will be – and that God will richly supply you with everything you need to respond well to whatever will be.