Both abundance and lack of abundance exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend. . . when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present–love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature, and personal pursuits that bring us happiness–the wasteland of illusion falls away and experience heaven on earth. (–Sarah Ban Breathnach)
I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and nonexistent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey–now.
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Rather than dwelling on the past, we should make the most of today, of the hear and now, doing all we can to provide pleasant memories for the future.
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Stresses in our lives come regardless of circumstances. We must deal with them the best we can. But we should not let them get in the way of what is most important–and what is most important almost always involves the people around us.
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May we fill our days–as much as we can–with those things which matter most.
From Thomas S. Monson in “Finding Joy in the Journey,” Ensign, November 2008
If we patiently live one day at a time, and really live it, not wishing it to be over, there is joy. This is sort of the reoccuring theme lately, and someday I’ll learn how to do it.