Saturday, July 10, 2010
Wouldn't it be great if everyone took more time expressing love and gratitude for each other,for God's goodness, and for the blessings and mercy which we all receive?
To a large degree, the measure of our peace of mind is determined by how much we are able to live in the present moment. Irrespective of what happened yesterday or last year, and what may or may not happen tomorrow, the present moment is what you are....always!
Without question many of us have mastered the neurotic art of spending much of our lives worrying about a variety of things...all at once. We allow past problems and future concerns to dominate our present moments, so much so that we end up anxious, frustrated, depressed, and hopeless. On the flip side, we also postpone our gratification, our stated priorities, and our happiness, often convincing ourselves that "someday" will be better than today. Unfortunately the same mental dynamics that tell us to look toward the future will only repeat themselves so that "someday" never actually arrives.
Many people live as if life were a dress rehearsal for some later date. It isn't. Now is the only time we have, and the only time we have any control over. When our attention is in the present moment, we push fear from our minds. Fear is the concern over events that might happen in the future.
To combat fear, the best strategy is to learn to bring your attention back to the present. Mark Twain said, "I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened." Practice keeping your attention on the here and now. Your efforts will pay great dividends.
"Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" Richard Carlson, PH. D.
Love to you all! The pictures are from our trip into the mountains this week for a little time off and "tree therapy". a few hours alone in the outdoors does a world of good for the soul, the creativeness comes back like a flood of ideas! we drove home filled with new ideas for things to make and do!