December 9


Today's quotation:

Never bear more than one kind of trouble at a time.  Some people bear three-- all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have.

Edward Everett Hale

Today's Meditation:

What happened yesterday is already in the past, and there's no need to dwell on it.  Doing so weighs down our minds and hearts with information and feelings that already have had their day and don't need another.  What's going to happen tomorrow will be taken care of and experienced tomorrow, and worrying or thinking about it too much takes much of our precious focus away from what's going on right here, right now-- the only place and time that truly matter.

I had troubles yesterday, but they're past now.  I dealt with them as well as I could, and some of them have even bled into today.  Today, though, I'm going to take care of what I need to do today.  Parts of those troubles are here, but I'm only dealing with parts now.  And if my focus is on the present moment, I'll be able to deal with them much more effectively by looking at them for what they are today and not looking at them as part of much larger problems that existed yesterday.  Other troubles that I might have had yesterday-- poor weather, a rude person at the supermarket, a poorly played game by the team I coach-- are now gone, and hurt me only if I bring them into my today.

Many of the things that I've worried about happening in the "future" have never come to pass-- so many things, in fact, that I've come to a point at which I don't get too concerned about the possibility of anything happening in the future any more.  As long as I take care of my todays, my tomorrows tend to be quite manageable when they show up.

We tend to choose how heavy our burden to bear is, and we can choose to relieve ourselves of much of it, making it lighter and less oppressive if we want to.  If we deal with all that faces us at this moment and leave for tomorrow what tomorrow demands of us, then our right nows can be much more pleasant.

Questions to consider:

How much do you hold on to the burdens of yesterday?

Why would it be beneficial to focus on just what today has for us?

How might we go about releasing thoughts of past and future burdens?

For further thought:

As yesterday is history, and tomorrow may never come, I have resolved from this day on, I will do all the business I can honestly, have all the fun I can reasonably, do all the good I can willingly, and save my digestion by thinking pleasantly.

Robert Louis Stevenson

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