Eyes must focus on future to move forward

| April 10, 2015 | 0 Comments


Chaplain (Maj.) John Grauer
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

The movie “Edge of Tomorrow” (with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt) tells the story of Maj. William Cage, a man forced onto the front lines of a major military operation against invading aliens.

Cage is killed within minutes, only to wake up 24 hours earlier – yes, 24 hours earlier – with no choice but to relive and die the same day, over and over.

Like many movies before it that use the theme of time travel (“Star Trek,” “About Time,” etc.), “Edge of Tomorrow” relies on this storyline to ensure the characters William Cage and Rita Vrataski devise a strategy that will enable their army’s forces to defeat the invading forces, who are attempting to take over planet Earth.

Fortunately, for the two protagonists, they have all the time they need to win, because each time Cage is killed, he immediately comes back to life, and, together with Rita, the pair are given another chance to defeat the enemy.

Wouldn’t that be great if you could get a redo in life, or another opportunity to make a wrong right, or to win a battle that was lost? Wouldn’t it be great if we could be given a second chance or a third chance, to reclaim a relationship that was lost … because you never took the time.

Time travel has always been a way to do this. This theme is often used as a means to give us the opportunity to go back and change the past, and better yet, to improve the future. Yet, we know we can’t; “it’s a movie.” We can only move forward.

Instead of exploring the crazy complications and contradictions of time travel, perhaps our real focus should be to make the most of our situation and to simply live each day to its fullest, making the most of every moment and appreciating all of life’s little things.

So, given that we cannot travel in time and that it’s just creative science fiction, maybe we’d be better served to imagine life as a place that one lives life to its fullest and makes the most of every day.

There is something valuable and enjoyable about living each day, and these days could become more wonderful if, instead of dreading them, instead of wishing we could skip over them, we could use them to make us better people.

Yes, it’s easy to feel trapped, to feel stuck, to wish you were in another time, in a different place, have a different job, be in a different relationship – we all have days we wish we could avoid. We all get the feeling that life chooses us, rather than the other way around.

In light of that, our best option is to change our attitude, to believe that we came to this time and to this day with a purpose, with a goal, with a fight and determination to make it the best possible day – to take advantage, to appreciate, to savor the moment. It is about living today.

Perhaps we should live to make the most of any situation. Perhaps we should look at the writings of Isaiah, which give these words of wisdom:


“Forget what happened in the past, and do not dwell on events from long ago. I am going to do something new. It is already happening.”

— Isaiah 43:18-19

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