Future Beacon

“Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.” - Plato

Today is all that we ever really have. It is in today that we do what needs to be done. It is today that we perform our “good actions”. John Barrymore is quoted as saying “Happiness often sneaks through a door you didn’t know you left open.” We need to think in ways that let more doors open in our lives.

Too often we find ourselves pulling the past with us in such a way that it makes today heavy. When today is too heavy with sadness, resentment, anger or fear, the heaviness drags us down so that we are less capable of doing those good actions we want and intend to do. When we endure trauma, loss, or even foolish mistakes and carry them with us like a bag of rocks or wade through them like a field of prickly weeds, today doesn’t feel good. We find ourselves assuming the worse. We lack confidence that good will prevail, so we worry more. We assume bad outcomes so we become pessimistic; we also assume bad motives from others because the lens we are looking through is tainted, so we are suspicious and are slow to believe someone’s motives are good. We have lost the joy that is our natural state. Staying sad, disappointed, bitter and angry over yesterdays weeds just multiples the weeds we have to deal with today.

It is far better to accept that life has weeds and that they can be managed. Better we look at things with a heart that is open to the new day and enjoy what pleasure and comfort it can bring. When we are able to be open, we live today with much more peace and we snatch the moments of joy as they emerge.

            -Mary Seyuin, M.A. LLP