Monday, January 26, 2009

Simple Abundance - a Excerpt

As I've mentioned I've been reading SIMPLE ABUNDANCE again this year and trying to take time to get my life in order so I can enjoy all that it offers. This entry from yesterday was particularly potent to me. I'd like to share it with you:

January 25 -- from Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach

Up until now many of us have secretly believed that we had to wait until things calmed down a bit before we started to get our acts together. Tomorrow we'll begin discovering authentic pleasures. Tomorrow we'll treat ourselves better. Tomorrow we'll take the time to enjoy ourselves. Tomorrow, when everything calms down. This I can report from the front lines: life never calms down long enough for us to wait until tomorrow to start living the lives we deserve. Life is always movement, always change, always unforeseen circumstances. There will always be something trying to grab your attention: the phone call, the child, the fax, the car breaking down, the check that never arrives in the mail. Let's just acknowledge that as far as real life is concerned, we are only one step away from dealing with dysfunction.

So what are we going to do about it? We can stop waiting for life to become perfect and start working with what we've got to make it as satisfying as we can. We can accept, bless, give thanks, and get going. Today we can begin to call forth the riches from our everyday life. Today we can move from lack of abundance. Procrastination has robbed us of too many precious opportunities. Call a friend for lunch, begin to read or even write that novel, organize your papers, try a new recipe for dinner, smile at everyone you meet, sit and dream before a blazing fire, pick up your needlepoint again, act as if you're grateful to be alive, scatter joy. Think of one thing that would give you a genuine moment of pleasure today and do it. Great! The first steps in the journey are always the most difficult to take. "Life begets life. Energy creates energy," the famous French actress Sarah Bernhardt reminds us. "It is by spending oneself that we become rich."

Enjoy a simple pleasure today. Happy Monday


Kate said...

I love readings like this. It's so much like AA. One of those, "Life is what you make it" things. And if you're not happy, it's your own dang fault. Spread some happy! And then it will come to you.

Raesha D said...

What a great post!! this was part of the theme of our lesson at church yesterday....don't wait for tomorrow!!! A cool quote was shared - I'll probably butcher it but it was something like - don't put things off until tomorrow or you'll end up with just a handful of yesterdays.

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