"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

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Today is Some Day

Today I am grateful for a nice dinner with just Darcy last evening and for the opportunities Sam is experiencing on a school trip.

Some day. Those are two sad words if you think about it. Some day I will take that trip, write that book, change the world.

It is a problem of expectations. They are too lofty in my examples above. We set ourselves up to put things off.

When I bring my expectations back down to earth, some day is here and now. I can walk in our neighborhood, compose this post, change my own attitude and outlook. And in each of those things, I throw some positive energy out in to the world around me.

Grenville Kleisor captured the idea in this quote:

"There are many fine things which you mean to do some day, under what you think will be more favorable circumstances. But the only time that is yours is the present."  

Practicing gratitude automatically creates favorable circumstances. It also redefines fine things. My cup of coffee, a favorite song, and the coming daylight all become very fine indeed. 

The only time that is ours is the present. Am I in it? Are you in it? 

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