"In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy." Brother David Steindl-Rast

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Time

Today I am grateful for a phone conversation with my sister Ann and for the health care available to those who need it. We are so fortunate in this country to have the access we do.

Happy Birthday Ann! Each birthday is a reason to reflect and celebrate. It's the gift of another day.

The gift of another day. That is how I try to look at life each morning when I get up. Some days my brain is already on overload before I get out of bed, but that is happening less and less. I believe that is the case because I am practicing mindfulness and presence more and more. Gratitude practice has opened up the world of "right here, right now" to me. Amazing. Amazing grace.

Energy given to the present moment is never wasted. But energy spent spinning in yesterday's regrets or tomorrow's worries is wasted. Gone. I will never get it back. I have too much I want to do with my life, with this succession of moments, to carelessly squander precious energy.

So it is about TIME. This poem I wrote five years ago sums it up.  

Time—On My Side?
Unlimited demand
Limited supply

Priorities
Clashing

Days
Crashing
Together

What is
A mere
Human
To do?

Slow down

Slow
Down

Too far
Behind

Too far
Ahead

Let life
Catch up

Who is
The enemy—
Time?
Or expectations?

Slow down
And the
Answer
Comes into
Focus

(LV       1/22 and 1/24/10)

When I "accept more and expect less" time comes at me in a steady flow, neither drowning me or leaving me parched.

Time. How will you spend yours today? Give gratefulness some time and you will gain a healthier perspective. 

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