September 23


Today's quotation:

One of Dr. Johnsonís ingredients of happiness was, ďA little less time than you want.Ē  That means always to have so many things you want to see, to have, and to do, that no day is quite long enough for all you think you would like to get done before you go to bed.

Helen Hunt Jackson

Today's Meditation:

What a difference it can make in our lives to make an effort to expand our horizons and interests.  Life can become something completely new if we open up our interests, if we try to explore concepts and ideas that we might never have thought of before.  The more we want to see and do, the less likely we are to spend our time being passive, just sitting or hanging around with "nothing to do" when we could be getting even more out of life.

I know that my life became much richer when I started riding my bike more.  I've seen beautiful scenery and gotten some great exercise, just using something I already had in my garage.  When I started studying spirituality, an entire world of literature opened up to me that I didn't even know existed.

I don't have to try to be an expert in anything in particular.  I don't have to spend hours and hours every day pursuing my new interests.  But if I can be interested in animals and people and bugs and birds for example, in how they live and what kinds of things they do, then there's always some sort of information to find somewhere, even if it's just an article in today's newspaper.

We choose in our lives what we want to do, what we want to learn, how we want to expand our lives.  We even choose whether we want to expand our lives.  Sometimes we already have enough, and other times we have too much, so developing new interests isn't always appropriate.  But if you know anyone who complains that "there isn't anything to do," that person really needs to open up his or her eyes and mind to see what's really here for all of us.

Questions to consider:

Why might we tend to limit our interests or not search out new ones?

How can we find new things that we're interested in?

What's the value in learning new things in many different areas?

For further thought:

There is one thing we can do, and the happiest people are those who do it to the limit of their ability.  We can be completely present.  We can be all here.  We can give all our attention to the opportunity before us.

Mark van Doren

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