November 9


Today's Quotation:

Donít expect perfection and things to go the way you want them to when it comes to people, business, your prospects, and your social life.  When things donít go according to your desires, when the weather of life is foul, be creative and consider what may be the higher reasons why this is happening and why you must adjust.  Perhaps itís to gain forbearance, patience, inner strength, flexibility, or the ability to withhold criticism while serving as a loving model.

Michael Goddart

Today's Meditation:

It's kind of nice not knowing why things happen-- it relieves us of the obligation of explaining why.  Life throws us a vast array of situations and occurrences, and usually they come at us on life's terms, not on ours.  Sometimes our ideas of what life should be like happen to correspond to life itself, but usually we find that what life is giving us isn't exactly what we wanted or envisioned.  But that's okay-- one thing we can be sure of is that it's always for the best.

We can learn from everything that happens to us and around us.  We can pull threads of wisdom from every sweater that unravels, and we can find gold nuggets in every load of mud that's dumped on our doorways.  Whether we do so or not depends entirely upon how we choose to see things, and how we choose to take them.  If something goes wrong, do we take it personally and see it as something awful, or do we see it as an important lesson that will help us to grow, and try to get what we can out of it?

Life will do as it pleases, as it ought to.  And we should do the same.  Most of how we feel and how we see life is determined by the way we take things, so if we can settle down and look at life's occurrences from a healthy perspective, we definitely can gain something valuable from every experience, no matter how painful it may seem, no matter how difficult it may be to find the value in it.

Questions to ponder:

1.  Why do our expectations so rarely match up with reality?

2.  How do you react when life doesn't give you what you expected, and gives you something that seems unpleasant or painful instead?

3.  What kinds of things have you learned from your "unpleasant" experiences?  Have those lessons helped you out in later experiences?

For further thought:

Cease expecting, and you have all things.  Take whatever people give you.  If you appreciate it, hug it, kiss it, and take it in joy, but don't expect it.  If you want pain, just go around with expectations.  People are not here to meet your expectations.

Leo Buscaglia
Living, Loving, and Learning



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