Another life lesson

What lesson is that, you may ask?

Taking one day at a time. Using the strength I’ve been given for today and not for fretting about a past I can’t change or a future not yet given.

For example, how many times as I sit and stitch on a project, has my enjoyment been diminished by thinking of what it is I should be doing next? I even feel pressured by my ‘rotation’ (if you have read my posts, you know that. :-)). But really, how silly is that? This is something I do for enjoyment, for relaxation…for me. It is something that should bring joy, not worry. Why is it I have this tendency to focus on the future and not in the present?

I’ve been reading a book (a gift from my brother—thank you, Tim!) called ‘Traveling Light’ by Max Lucado. I highly recommend it for anyone who, like me, seems to spend an inordinate amount of time living in ‘tomorrow’ or ‘yesterday’. And for those who, also like me, tend to shoulder burdens not theirs to bear. It’s a very different…and comforting way of looking at Psalm 23. The following is a quote from that book:

…what I urge is that you learn to master your life by living each day in a day-tight compartment and this will certainly ensure your safety throughout your entire journey of life. Touch a button and hear, at every level of your life, the iron doors shutting out the Past—the dead yesterdays. Touch another and shut off, with a metal curtain, the Future—the unborn tomorrows. Then you are safe—safe for today.

Think not of the amount to be accomplished, the difficulties to be overcome, but set earnestly at the little task near your elbow, letting that be sufficient for the day; for surely our plain duty is not to see what lies dimly at a distance but to do what lies clearly at hand.

–William Osler

Today. The present. A gift. My little tasks? Laundry, a report for Guild, preparation of dinner. A walk to strengthen my heart. A call to my family. The project on my needlework frame.

My resolution? I am going to live today to it’s fullest. I am going to do the work allotted for today and then…

My linen and silks await. And for today, I am going to ENJOY working on the Bordeaux Sampler. I am going to enjoy thinking of Carol and the others who are part of this stitch-a-long. I am going to be grateful for friendship and ties that bind.

And at the end of the day I am going to be thankful for the moments.

I hope everyone has many moments to be thankful for on this beautiful Sunday!

Blessings to all,


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