Some Additional Thoughts for The New Year

December 26, 2009 - 4:09 pm 2 Comments

There are two days in every week of our lives about which we should not worry. They are two days that need to be kept free of fear and apprehension. One of these days is Yesterday, with all its mistakes, and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains.
Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday. We cannot perform a single act we had performed, we cannot erase a single word we had said. Yesterday is gone. The other day we should not worry about is Tomorrow, with all its possible adversities, its burdens, its large promises and poor performances. Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate or complete control.
Tomorrow’s sun will rise, either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds-but it will rise. Until it does, we have no stake in Tomorrow, for it is as of yet, unborn. This leaves only one day-Today. Any person can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities-Yesterday and Tomorrow- that we break down, or feel that we cannot go on.
It is not the experience of Today that drives a person mad-it is remorse, regret, some resentment or bitterness for something that happened Yesterday and the fearful anticipation or dread of something that might happen, or what Tomorrow might bring.
So remember: Today is all that we can live, and we can only live that day and every day, one at a time. Anonymous

Of Time
She wondered if he could ever see how often, although silently, she pleaded for a moment of his time.. and she recalled a Danish folk tale about an angel who came down to Earth to plead for a moment of any person’s time. In exchange, the angel would give eternal life.
The angel’s gift was never given, for everyone she encountered had one foot in the past, the other in the future, and no one had a moment to spare, not one, had a moment of time…
She wondered, would there ever be an answer found to life’s questions that is not bound by either yesterday or tomorrow? “Why is it,” she asked, “that life is not being lived in the present tense but a tense present, instead of taking each moment as it is.”
Over and over, she framed her unspoken plea, yet every once in a while an angelic moment in time would occur, which could be our moment, our promise of eternity. B. Devito, adapted

Olde English Exhortation

Take time to be friendly, it is the road towards happiness.

Take time to read, it is the foundation of wisdom.

Take time to play, it is the secret of youth.

Take time to dream, for it is your higher reality.

Take time to observe, a day is too short otherwise.

Take time to laugh, it is music for the soul.

Take time to work, it is the price for success.

Take time to think, it is the source of power.

Take time to love and be loved, it is the privilege of gods.

Rilke’s reflections
I’m living just as the century ends. A great leaf that God and you and I have covered with writing

Turns now overhead, in strange hands.

We feel the sweep of it like a wind We see the brightness of a new page
Unmoved by us, the fates take its measure and look at one another, Saying nothing.

Your first word of all was light. And time began. Then for long you were silent

Your second word was man, and fear began which grips us still.

Are you about to speak again? I don’t want your third word.


Promises To Yourself for The New Year

Promise to be strong enough that nothing said or done can disturb or take away your peace of mind

Promise to make all your friends feel that they are important

Promise to think of only the best, to work for only the best, and
to make the best come true.

Promise to be just as enthusiastic about the successes of others as you are about your own.

Promise to forget the mistakes of the past and press on toward greater achievements in the future.

Promise to wear a cheerful expression and to give everyone you
meet a smile

Promise to give so much effort to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others

Promise to be too big to worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble in your life



Now is the time, the only time we have, to climb the mountains of doubt and despair and attain a new view of the possibilities that await us… A vision of life that lies out above and beyond imposed or previously accepted limits….

Now is the time to renew the earth’s bounty and blessings that have been ruined by greed and our own tyrannies…

Now is the time to join with friends and neighbors to chant a new litany of hope…

Now is the time to give roses… And not wait until they adorn a grave…
Now is the time for grace and gratitude to reign; and to hold hands with justice and compassion.

Now IS the time….

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