Monday, May 26, 2014

'Keep in the sunlight'

I like a quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin: "Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight."

I like it. I try to follow it. But I don't always succeed. If I had all the hours I'd wasted in worry about things that never happened, I would have lots of time for more good things in my life today. I know that. So I'm a work in progress.

How about you? Can you "stay in the sunlight"? Are you good at staying in the flow of life? Do you remind yourself, "It is what it is" and not get all twisted up about the way things are going or about how you think they might go?

When you and I stay in the flow, we are so much more aware of all the beauty around. We can see the positives of life. That doesn't mean ignoring those things in our lives that truly do need our attention. It simply means keeping a perspective about life.

How about just taking it one day at a time? Focus on beauty and blessings for today. I plan to do that. I'm not going to worry about "getting it right" for the rest of my life. I won't commit to never worrying again. I will try today to let go of worry and not anticipate trouble. What about you? Are you ready to try it?

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