“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
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