Thursday, 11 December 2008
As I sat in my garden, a bird began to sing. Somehow the song seemed to be saying. Wake up and open the door of vision to your blessings. Do not make single or assorted troubles the most important things in your life. It takes as much energy to exercise a fear and worry state of mind as to stimulate one of faith and happiness.
To be happy takes much less energy than to be miserable, for God meant every one of his children to be happy. When they are not, they are out of tune with the Infinite.
The song came to an end, but the ripples of the brook; sparkling in the sunbeams that reached it through the young leaves, seemed to carry on the theme. Wake up! Remember worry never solved a problem or paid a bill; it just pyramids an insignificant anxiety into something as unwieldy as the Old Man of the Sea.
Try taking your troubles out into the sunshine, and the first thing you know, whatever you thought was too heavy to bear will have vanished like the dew. There is something magical about sunshine; sunbeams are radiant children of light that bore with golden gimlets into the darkest corner of your soul to let in God’s warmth and courage and faith.
Time is the most precious thing life has to offer. Look for opportunity in every hour, every minute in every day. Get rid of the ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ that can create seemingly insurmountable barriers; try the ‘I won’t fail’ way, and see obstacles flatten the way a hill flattens as you climb it step by step.
~~ Marguerite Walton ~~