Posted by anonymouse on:
Charles Schultz once said, "I have a new philosophy. I'm only going to dread one day at a time."
There are hard times. I have been feeling an overpowering anxiety abroad. Some might call it 'free floating anxiety'. I think that there is a great cloud of difficulty hanging over the heads of many in our country. There are people losing their houses, people who are getting diagnoses, fighting diseases, some are winning and some are losing. Bankruptcy, wars and rumors of wars. Politicians are doing what they do best. Pandering, lying, dissembling. And it all seems to go on. Forever.
There is enough misery coming into the life of any one person, that it might be well to heed Charles Schultz advice. One day's misery is enough.
I learned in Sunday School, that we should 'take therefore no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.' Not only should we 'dread only one day at a time' but also draw the remedy against daily dread, by cherishing the same day at the same time.
You will meet your misery quotient, whether you want to or not. You don't have to look for it, it will find you.The trick is to build your happiness quotient. It is harder to meet. For this purpose, you may have to spend some time 'in the moment'. Take some pleasure in what is and what is, now. Zen Buddhism says that there are 10,000 sorrows and 10,000 joys. Not 10,000 sorrows and 850 joys. The sorrows will come to you, but you may have to seek out the joys yourself.
Limit any day's misery to that day. It may be there tomorrow, but you don't have to suffer today for tomorrow's.
It is Spring in Santa Barbara. The Pittosporum and Acacia are blooming. Breathe in the perfume. The sun is out. Warm your face in it.
Find joy at every opportunity. You will find it if you look for it.