It is good for all of us to have periods of time when we can examine our deepest longings and correct the course of our lives. It creates an awareness and appreciation for the precious significance of everyday existence. For all of us, focusing on human mortality and the factors that wreak havoc upon human lives heightens sensitivity to the deadening effects of habit and routine. We often deceive ourselves into believing that we can successfully defer living the kind of lives we consider worthwhile until some future time. This attitude is naïve and self-deceptive. It ignores the real consequences of present patterns of behavior which can weaken and ultimately extinguish one’s natural capacity to live life deeply and seriously. It also deprives us of savoring the fullness of life in the present moment.
Guide us, O God, on the true path of life.
When events prompt us to reflect on life and its meaning, let us not put it off but make time to think and pray.
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
When ‘happiness’ eludes us – as, eventually, it always will – we have the invitation to examine our programmed responses and to exercise our power to choose again.
Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.
Margaret J. Wheatley
It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.
Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour.
Forever is composed of nows.
Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.
The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.
Thich Nhat Hahn
If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future.