January 3
The afternoon knows
what the morning
never suspected.

Swedish proverb


Today's Meditation:

This is such a nice way of saying, "Be patient."  We don't know what this afternoon will bring, we don't know what tomorrow will bring, so let's focus on right now and live it well, and let come what will come.  While we like to think that we've figured our days out and that we can predict quite well what will happen in the future, the fact is that come tomorrow, we'll probably be dealing with things that we never even thought of as possibilities.

Trying to predict the future and take care of it before it even gets here is futile.  Yes, we can prepare for something coming up, and preparation is very valuable and quite important.  But the people who recognize and accept that things may not turn out the way they think they will who are able to deal with the unforeseen circumstances calmly and effectively.

Sometimes I've looked forward to a great afternoon, only to be disappointed in the activities I had planned.  Other times, other things have come up and have prevented me from enjoying what I thought I would be doing.  Still other times, something else has come up and the afternoon has turned out to be so much better than I ever could have imagined it.  In all of those cases, trying to predict the afternoon would have been fruitless--and wasting time worrying about it would have been pointless.

I never would have been able to predict five years ago where I am today, yet I'm enjoying today's experiences greatly.

The afternoon will get here in its own time, and we have no idea what it will bring.  That's okay.  We don't need to know.  If we allow it to come in its own time, on its own terms, then we can spend the time we have now learning, growing, and making the most of the opportunities that are here before us, right here, right now.

Questions to consider:

Why do we so often concern ourselves with what we think is going to be happening later instead of focusing on the here and now?

What's the difference between preparing for possibilities and trying to make things happen the way we think they should happen?

How can we start to accept the fact that things will change as time goes on, and that they'll change in ways that we can't foresee?  What are some of the benefits of accepting this fact?

For further thought:

We can go through our whole lives worrying
about our future happiness, and totally miss
where true peace lives--right here, right now.

Peter Russell


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