Being Present for the Future

By Jon Sievert

Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön reminds us that what we do accumulates; the future is a result of what we do right now. Victor Bremson discusses “Being Present for the Future” at this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service. Being present for the future simply means living a joyful and intentional life that benefits future generations. Worrying about the future or even talking about our problems is not productive. Being present, showing up in the now for the future can have a huge impact.

The UU Fellowship Service
“Being Present for the Future”
By Victor Bremson
Sun, Mar 1, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

Dee Hock, the man who created the VISA credit card network, wrote about his wake-up call on this topic. After achieving hard-won success, Hock chose to walk away, partially because he was very pessimistic about the fate of the planet. He found 200 acres of ravaged farmland, sequestered himself, working to bring it back to health, but with no hope for the planet. Nine years later, at a family event at the farm in which all seven of Dee’s grandchildren were present, a wave of recognition came over him; he saw the planet 30 years hence with his grandchildren in the middle of the devastation he envisioned. They were asking him, “Grandpa, couldn’t you have done something?” This vision moved Hock to re-engage with the world and work diligently for a positive future.

Dr. Victor Bremson’s career includes 35 years as a corporate turn-around consultant. Upon retiring, he obtained a Doctor of Ministry from Wisdom University. Bremson has taught several courses on the environment and non-violence. He was the founder of a non-profit called For the Grandchildren, that dealt with being present for the future.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15 and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for coffee and snacks afterwards. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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