…is gone forever with every minute of discontent. In other words, make your moments of living as good as they can get. Why wallow in what’s past and let malcontent slice into the present?
That’s all we have — what is before us today.
The positive side of mutt-dom, of knowing how to live in several worlds and along the way, bouncing back from setbacks,
is we learn what’s important in life.
Have you ever known someone who’s stewed so much about past circumstances — and usually it’s about money, relationship, or job — that a day at a time part of their life passes by them? Pretty soon, one day turns into one week, then weeks, then months, and before you know it, a year is gone.
They lose sleep, over-eat or under-eat; they worry, they may build resentments, become bitter or revengeful, and after a while, a little worry about the past is eating their soul from the inside out.
And what do you have left after all that? A year of worry, which will not change the past at all! But worry can definitely spoil the present. These days, the worries seem about money for most people. I’m a lucky one, blessed with an attitude of what matters in life. It surely is not objects and money and “stuff.
My measure of abundance is nothing what I witness around me today, where many scramble for more “stuff.” I’m lucky because I can have nothing (well, water and food are nice, though) and life can still be good. I can have plenty, and life is equally good.
Then, there are those who measure success merely by acquiring money, and in my mind, their success is cheap. By observation, those are the same people who forget that blowing out another person’s candle never makes theirs shine any brighter. The same people seem to walk with shackles of resentment that restrain just plain good living.
What ever happened to having gratitude for what we have rather than wishing and battling for what we don’t have?
Like I said, water and food are good to have. Many don’t have this. Why not be grateful for some of the basics that we take for granted?
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