As this day comes to an end, I do believe:
1. That I am exactly where I need to be right now.
2. That God and the universe are working with me.
3. People are basically good (don’t believe everything we see and read in the media).
Much love and peace to you friends.
I am glad you are here.
Rest well. Be well.
These are a few things I never ever want to take for granted:
1. What I have right now. Life is not static. Nothing is permanent. Change is inevitable. With this knowledge each present moment becomes very precious.
2. My wonderful husband. Having my best friend to go through life’s ups and downs with. We’ve got each others’ backs. Love is sublime…
3. My good health
4. Nutritious food and clean water
5. Our beautiful home
6. Having a job that is meaningful
8. The beauty of the outdoors
9. My freedom
10. Friends and family.
11. Being a member of my beautiful community.
12. Every breath I take.
Every day and everything we have right now is a gift. Enjoy!
Thank you for this day. I am refreshed and ready for the opportunities and challenges that await me.
Please help me to be more present with the people around me.
May I pause, and really smile at someone walking my way,
May I slow down enough to notice how green everything is thanks to recent rain.
I know I sometimes get impatient and rush around with all my to dos and general busy-ness…
Please help me to be still,
so that I can live this day to it’s fullest.
Thank You and
Peace comes with taking things one at a time.
Toss out all the plans, all the multi-tasking, and bask in the simple oneness of being here in the now.
Here you are. Now. You’re not where you were three years ago or will be two months from now. You’re just here now.
If you just did one thing well today, you had a successful day.
I think to-do lists are fine time management tools. They work perfectly well if we create them in a way that there are just a few really important items on top and nothing more. That way when you have accomplished those important tasks you are freed up to enjoy your life. You may create a list for the next day but then stop. Your work is done. Do not worry about anything you did not get to today. Don’t even try to multi-task. I think multi-tasking is one of the biggest anxiety producers of this generation. Just don’t do it.
Time management for peace in a nutshell:
1. The night before or first thing in the morning, decide on the top three most important things you need to do for the day.
2. Write them down.
3. Do them. You may cross them off your list as you accomplish them.
4. Your work is done.
All you have is today. Do not stress about tomorrow, or the next day.
Like many of you, I am an ambitious, creative type of person. Ideas fascinate me. I am intellectually curious and always thinking about things and new ideas. This in itself is not a bad thing. However, where I get myself into trouble is when I either go into my past, project into the future with my thinking, or put so much on my plate that I end up overwhelming myself and my brain wants to explode or shut down. This is not the best recipe for a restful night of sleep.
The title of this post refers to the fact that I slept great last night. And I did! Here is why: I decided to give myself and my mind a break and just focus on The NOW. Very simple. I have this one moment. I don ‘t have to worry about what I need to accomplish this summer before the new school year begins. I don’t have to have the meaning of life all figured out. I don’t have to fret about the mistakes I’ve made or stressing about my mile long to do list….
I just have now, this moment. It can be used to do nothing (which is quite blissful when I permit myself to do nothing). Or, it can be used to do one thing: One task, One activity- not multiple tasks. This is very liberating. One day at a time and one step at a time thinking removes the enormous burden of thinking we have to have it all figured out (and not just this moment all figured out but the next five years or rest of our lives figured out- ugh! I get a headache thinking of that kind of pressure).
My bedside reading last night consisted of reading from the great classic, How To Stop Worrying And Start Living by Dale Carnegie.
I would like to share a few nuggets from Mr. Carnegie’s book with you:
1. “Shut the iron doors on the past and the future. Live in Day-tight compartments” (P.11)
2. “Think”, said Dante, “that this day will never dawn again” today is our most precious possession. It is our only sure possession.(P.10)
3. “Every day is a new life to a wise man” (P.8)
4. “One step enough for me”, taken from a church hymn (P.4)
5. “Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand” ~ Thomas Carlyle (P.1)
6. “Have no thought (anxiety) for the morrow” ~ Jesus (Pages1-2)
Sitting up straight, with journal close at hand, close your eyes for a moment…
When you are ready to, open your eyes and write a list of affirmative declarations in response to this question:
Who are you? Make it in present tense and own your declaration!
Do it NOW!
My journal entry this evening would look like this:
When your heart is skipping a beat,
When your stomach is doing flip flops,
When you are not sleeping well at night,
When you are alone and it is quiet,
When you are outdoors and hear the sounds of wildlife,
When you are meditating and praying,
When your children are demanding your attention,
When your partner is talking,
When something jarring and unexpected happens (such as a car accident, illness, job loss, etc. )
When you are given a compliment,
When you hear music on the radio or in your mind,
When you hear laughter,
When your cat purrs at your side or on your lap,
Life is happening all around you.