What if you could see into the future and you could preview your life for the next five years? Would you really want to know what’s going to happen to you and your family in advance?

Before you say yes, ask yourself if it would depress you to know the bad things that were going to happen. Wouldn’t you feel cheated missing the delightful surprise of the good things that are bound to happen?

The thought of predicting the future fascinates many of yes. We can make educated guesses, but the fact is, no one knows for sure what will happen in the future.

In a similar vain, American author Dorothy Fisher once wrote, “It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest.”

When a new year begins, experts attempt to predict the trends. Some do it for pure entertainment. Others are paid big bucks to give investors and business leaders a head start. Many pregnant couples opt to wait to find out the sex of their child, adding to the excitement.

If fortune tellers were legit, they would all be rich…winning all the big lottery jackpots. We want to believe there is a pot at the end of the rainbow. Life is full of mysteries and unexpected surprises.

Medical researchers may offer the best hope of peeking into the future. They are finding ways to predetermine if people are predisposed to serious illnesses, such as cancer, heart disease and other life-altering ailments.

People must decide. Do they want to know their future? The answers may be good, or bad. Part of the beauty of life is the uncertainty.

Would you read a 500-page mystery novel if you knew the secret ending in advance? Are movies as good when you have already seen the ending? Would you pay $2,000 to attend a major sporting event if you knew who was going to win?

The present is the gift. It’s not the destination that thrills us, it is the journey getting there. What we really crave, and what keeps us motivated is the excitement and the suspense of tomorrow. What’s just around the corner.

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About 14 years ago, the Waushara County Prevention Council, an office of the Dept. of Aging, shared these 10 commandments of how to get along with people. They are good, common sense advise to all of us.

1. Always say less than you think. How you say it often counts more than what you say.

2. Make promises sparingly, and keep them.

3. Praise good work, regardless of who did it. If criticism is needed, offer it gently.

4. Make merry with those who rejoice, and weep with those who mourn.

5. Don’t burden those around you by dwelling on your problems. Everyone carries some kind of burden often heavier than your own.

6. Keep an open mind. Discuss, but don’t argue.

7. Discourage gossip. It is a waste of valuable time and can be destructive.

8. Wit and humor at another person’s expense may do more damage than you may ever know.

9. Pay no attention to disparaging remarks. Live so that nobody will believe them.

10. Don’t be too eager to get the credit due you. Do your best and be patient. Success is much sweeter that way.

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According to Presstime magazine, Steven Connor never dreamed holding a garage sale could be so dangerous.

Married for eight years, Connor ran an ad in the Tulsa World, announcing, “Husband has unauthorized garage sale,” while his wife, Susan, and their two adorable children were away on vacation.

When his wife returned and discovered what had been sold, she wasn’t happy. Connor ran another ad proclaiming, “Husband in the doghouse,” and pleaded for the return of the most sentimental items sold.

Seems Connor, with all good intentions, sold his children’s first baby shoes, outfits worn home from the hospital and his daughter’s Madame Alexander doll collection. It went fast and at full asked for price!

Connor offered to buy back the items at $3 for every $1 spent. A few items found their way home. Connor learned the hard way: some things just aren’t for sale. And, no good deed goes unpunished.