The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next. —Ursula LeGuin
The world around us changes constantly. Trees turn from green to beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and brown in the fall. Yet, even if we watched the trees carefully, every minute of the day, we could not actually see the colors change. Change requires time, preparation, and patience.
To make the changes we want, we need to let go of unhealthy but comfortable patterns that we're stuck in, the way the trees let their colors change and finally let go of their leaves altogether. We can't have total change right now, no matter how much we want it. It's important to accept both who we are now and who we are becoming. Just as the tree trusts without question that its leaves will grow and lets go of them when the time comes, we can believe in our own power to grow and let go of our accomplishments when the time is right.
When we do, we can be assured that our lives will blossom again, like trees in the spring coming to life after a cold winter.
Do I have any new blossoms today?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
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What a strange pattern the shuttle of life can weave. --Frances Marion
Each experience we have plays its part in the total picture of our lives. The steps we have taken, the path we travel today, and our direction tomorrow are not by chance. There is a pattern. We each have a destiny. We may have veered off the path in the past, and we may veer off it again. But we'll be guided back, and our paths intersect. None of us is traveling alone. We have each other and the creative force that is at the helm.
When we look around us and reflect on how our lives are influenced by the persons close to us, we become aware that our presence affects their lives as well. Most of us could never have predicted the events that have influenced us. Nor can we anticipate what the future may hold. We can be certain, however, that we are safe; a power greater than ourselves is orchestrating our affairs.
There were times we feared we'd never survive an experience. Perhaps we still struggle with fears about new experiences. But every experience adds a necessary thread to the pattern our life is weaving. We have the gift of reflection. We can understand, today, the importance of particular events of the past. Next month, next year, we'll understand today.
Action for the Day: I shall enjoy the richness of today. My life is weaving an intricate, necessary pattern that is uniquely mine.
When I am willing to do the right thing,
I am rewarded with an inner peace...
When I am unwilling to do the right thing,
I become restless, irritable and discontent. It is always my choice.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 317
Thought to Ponder . . .
When I choose the behavior, I choose the consequences.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
W H O = Willingness, Honesty, Open-mindedness.
Live the greatness
Today is new, and you can be too. This day carries forward positive value from the past, and adds to it new possibilities for the present, and so can you.
What came before is over, so stop wishing that the bad things had not happened or that the good things were still here. Now is your opportunity to create new goodness, right now, in new and better ways.
Take all those good memories and values, and carry them forward in your heart. Resolve to honor the best of what has been by making the very best of what you have today.
You’ve had some sadness and disappointment, and there will be more. Yet all sorts of new and meaningful joys await your choice to let them come to life.
This is the day you have, this is the place you are, and in it is everything you need to make a positive difference. This is your opportunity to live with more richness than ever, and the more you give, the more of that richness and joy you will know.
Treasure the best that you’ve been, and use this day to make it better. Put a real, authentic, confident smile on your face, a song of thankfulness in your heart, and live the greatness that is now.
— Ralph Marston