Isak Dinesen wrote…the reason God made the world round was so we couldn’t see too far ahead.
I’m a person who lives in the day. I learned this lesson in 12 Step ten years ago, practicing it best I can.
Life is filled with unexpected challenges we have no control over. What we do have control of is how we handle them.
The word compartmentalize comes to mind; to divide into sections or categories. In other words, not allowing a problem to dominate one’s whole existence, blocking out the light.
If you complain you remain.
Compare and despair.
If there’s only a problem, then there’s no solution.
There are no victims, just volunteers.
Soundbites you say, bumper stickers. Something you’d find in a fortune cookie. The truth is, these pithy phrases are little jewels hiding in the sand, along with our peace of mind lost the moment trouble heads our way.
I make it a point in conversation to steer it towards a positive spin. Keeping that ball in the air I’ll admit, isn’t easy. I’ll say, tell me something good, and the person in question will look at me like I have two heads.
Good? What’s good?
You’re walking, talking, seeing and hearing, the last I can’t totally claim. You live in the land of the free unlike many who are told what they can or cannot do, and these are just generalities. On a personal level, blessings abound everywhere you look.
I, next to most on paper, have nothing. No husband or children. I haven’t thousands in the bank like some, never feeling it’s enough. I own nothing but pearls and a good watch. If I have 20 bucks in my pocket, food in the fridge with my bills all paid, I’m as content as a cat. Toss in a hot bath and a book, and loneliness doesn’t make it through the front door.
Some call it a monk’s life. I call it, living in the day grateful for what is, staying firmly where your feet are because when all is said and done, the day is truly all we have since, one never knows what’s comin’ round the mountain.
I often wonder what the people who died on September 11th thought about on September 10th.
Were they complaining, whining, spending it unfulfilled concerned about the future?
A humbling thought. Let’s hope they had a light filled last day looking towards the sun.
As for me, I’ll be staying where my feet are breathing in the beauty of this one day.