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“The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spots.” - Unknown
“Perseverance is not a long race, it is many short races one after another.” - Walter Elliott
Regardless of how well we connect in our morning routine, there are those inevitable days that bring seemingly negative situation after negative situation. People don’t do what we think they should, what we want them to or what they committed to. Then comes a random un-deserved parking ticket or what-not, followed by some bad financial or family news. Every traffic light catches us red, we forget what we went to the store to buy in the first place, and everyone and everything annoys us. We want to make retaliatory phone calls or emails, to lash out at someone just to feel like we have some control over something. It isn’t even noon and we want to go home and bury our head in the sand – enough is enough. We are doing the right and proper things, and life just keeps heaping on the crap. And meanwhile, God is nowhere to be seen.
Well, even the saints share that they have their moments of deep doubt and despair. But our actions at this point determine whether we are going to create a self-fulfilling prophecy of doom or we are going to keep the faith and stay the course. But even if we don’t feel like it, it is crucial we keep on seeking what it is we are supposed to do and the power to accomplish it. If we quit showing up for the game, we do not leave God anything to work with to turn things around.
We have choices – if we have learned to meditate we can pause for a short period and “start our day over.” If circumstances will not allow this, we can still show up for what we are supposed to do and fulfill our duties even if our anger has taken us out of the zone of connection. We can remember to seek simplicity and harmony no matter what – and we keep the coal of anger from developing into a cauldron of rage. We can find a way to be of service to our fellows and keep showing up. And when we do, we are amazed at the results. Our needs are met from totally unexpected quarters, and entanglements that we despaired of unravel. The next thing we know, it is night and we are reviewing our day, amazed at how things turned around – all because we just kept showing up for life and doing what we know we are supposed to do. It worked again yesterday – I think I’ll try it again today.
Have a great Monday !!
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