Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Living in the Present, Today is a gift

So, I stole this from Rebekah! I didn't even ask her!! Sorry Rebekah, but I will give you and Henri complete recognition of this post!

'Patience is a hard discipline. It is not just waiting until something happens over which we have no control: the arrival of the bus, the end of the rain, the return of a friend, the resolution of a conflict. Patience is not a waiting passivity until someone else does something. Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are. When we are impatient we try to get away from where we are. We behave as if the real thing will happen tomorrow, later and somewhere else. Let's be patient and trust that the treasure we look for is hidden in the ground on which we stand.' Henri Nouwen

Wow, I love this... Wisdom is priceless, isn't it?!

Last night at Boundaries I was reminded of who I am. I wonder if at times I do not have a clear picture, my mind becomes clouded with self righteousness, I am ashamed to say that, but it is so true! I realized that there are things in my life that are dysfunctional that need to be corrected. It is amazing how we always fall back into our bad habits without even recognizing them, that is why accountability is so vital to growing emotionally, spiritually, and so forth. SO thank you ladies for keeping me accountable to who I want to be.

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meggie said...

As a mother your need your patience! I have learnt to appreciate waiting times. I always take a book to read, if I am at a surgery or some place where waiting is involved. It is much harder with small children, I must admit.
Thankyou so much for visiting my blog & leaving me a comment. I had no idea I was 'blog of note'. LOL

Rebekah said...

Live in the present—and be a sponge in the good of the present! As much as I want to be in the future where my son is not with his father, I have to tell myself to LIVE right here, right now with my son! He needs me NOW!