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Thursday, remember with care…

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If you have lived any time at all you have memories.  There are good memories and not so good memories  and bad memories and for some, really awful memories.  I have some of all kinds.

The thing with remembering the past is you have to be careful what you remember and how you do the remembering.  What I mean is, be selective.  The good memories are wonderful to reflect on and to spend some time with them.  They make the present sweeter and will help us through difficult times.  But remembering the bad, or awful, can be dangerous. Spending too much time with bad, sad, painful, or just difficult past times is not wise.  Even spending too much time in past good memories is not wise.  We are here to live in the present not in the past.

Remember the past and learn from it but don’t hunker down in it and make it home. The past is only for visiting not living there.  You have moved on to this day.  Live today the best you can and make new memories to remember in the future.

Today, I choose to remember the past for what it is, the past, and live today. I am thankful I can remember the past and leave it there, in the past, and live today with all the life I have in me.

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Saturday, resolve…

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Today is the first day of the New Year, 2011.

As I reflect on last year my first thoughts are that it was just another year.  No mountain tops and no deep pits.  No real forward motion but no slipping back, just holding steady.  The only thing that stands out is the death of my cat.  Other than that there is nothing about 2010 that had any lasting impression on me.

But with further thought I realize I am more content and at peace with the world and myself than ever before.  That alone makes last year one worth keeping in a treasure chest marked “Remember”.

Being content and at peace with the world and self does not come with trumpets and parades and loud hurrahs.  It slips in quietly, unnoticed and unheralded, and takes up residence without a fuss.

How awesome is that?!

I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions but if I did I would resolve to more readily recognize the grace of  contentment and peace that blesses my life.

Who, on earth, knows what 2011 will bring?  What I do know is that I will keep my “Remember”  treasure chest close at hand.  And I will keep my heart open to all the grace and blessings of contentment and peace that is yet to be revealed .

Happy New Year.