July 10    

Today's quotation:

Real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to what is present.

Albert Camus

Today's Meditation:

What is present in my life, right here and right now?  What's demanding my attention and my concern and my compassion at this moment?  If I truly want my future to turn out well, then I can make sure that I do all that I can to take care of this moment's demands.

How many times have my days started out poorly because I still had to take care of what I neglected yesterday?  Perhaps I was distracted or I found something else "more important" to do.  No matter what the reason, today's tasks now have to be put off because I have to finish what I didn't do yesterday.

How many times have I realized today that I didn't fulfill a promise that I made yesterday?  In addition to having to spend time dealing with it now, I also have to deal with the realization that I might have broken a promise to someone who means a lot to me.

And I can't tell you how many times I've seen people on vacation with no reservations who have to drive over a hundred miles to get a cheap motel room, simply because they spent almost no time actually planning their holidays.  Their vacation once was a tomorrow, and with some "generosity toward the future" could have been beautiful; instead they find themselves frustrated and angry and unhappy with their current situation.

If I want to do my best to make my tomorrows as positive as possible, there's a very simple recipe:  make sure that I'm not avoiding what needs to be done today.  My "generosity toward the future" can help me to make my life very positive by giving me very positive todays, day after day.  After all, my present moment, to a great extent, depends upon how generous to it I was yesterday.

Questions to consider:

How would you define the term "generosity toward the future"?

What things might you do today to make tomorrow positive and fulfilling?

How can you give your all to the present without overwhelming yourself?

For further thought:

My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing your best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.

Oprah Winfrey

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