Cherokee Indian Proverb
"Paul had an abiding belief in the role that luck plays in one's life, and its randomness. He was quick to acknowledge the good fortune he had in his own life, beginning with being born in America, and was acutely aware of how unlucky so many others were. True to his character, he quietly devoted himself to helping offset this imbalance."This morning's Daily OM message for Pisces is entitled Cherish the Unexpected and reads as follows:
"You may have to call upon your ability to adapt to ever-changing situations today. Being flexible and spontaneous in your plans might make it easier for you to go with the flow and get full satisfaction from your experiences. If your plans should change at any time today, instead of being disappointed you might want to look at these alterations as chances to explore or discover some new aspect of yourself and your life. Learning to be open to the variety of scenarios that life presents can help you be present in every moment as opposed to ruing the past or worrying about the future. Asking yourself what new things you can learn from being patient with everything life throws your way could make these new and exciting experiences more precious and dear to you.
Going with, instead of against, life’s plan for us enables us to encounter new challenges that compel us to grow in exhilarating ways. The more open we are to the unexpected, the more of life’s treasures we will find. Having room in our plans for last-minute changes means that we value and accept the fact that not everything in life goes as planned and that it is more important to live in the moment and not in our heads—because that’s where we are when we want everything to go our way. By adapting to each situation today, you will be able to cherish every experience as it happens."
Doing what I can with what I have where I am in the best way possible while remaining peace-filled became my walking mantra. As Don Miguel Ruiz tells us in THE FOUR AGREEMENTS, our 'best will vary on any given day' ... so I remind myself regularly to surrender 'worry & guilt' whenever they arise, realizing they serve no useful purpose and tend to drain my energy levels when unchecked. I recognize that my challenges pale in the face of those faced by others ... and I'm humbled as I realize ... there but for fortune, go I.
Recently I learned about the amazing story of 'Monica' ... a 'Warrior Mom' ... on a recent Oprah Show featuring Jenny McCarthy, author of Mother Warriors and Louder than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism. After giving birth to her 2nd daughter, Monica was diagnosed with 'a deadly strain of bacteria ... necrotizing fascitis' (a flesh-eating bacteria) ... which caused doctors to remove her uterus, ovaries, gallbladder and part of her colon immediately ... and eventually to amputate both arms & legs to save her life. In all, there were 37 surgeries and 2 months of 'grueling rehabilitation' before she could return home ... and she spent much of the following year learning to do daily activities again. Apparently there are more surgeries ahead, but Monica says,
"I've come to the realization that things are as they are, and you have to move forward. Life goes on," she says. "There's no sense dwelling on it—that just hurts too much and you don't live your life the way you want to. And with a wonderful husband and two great girls, life is fun."This morning I feel inspired by Monica ... Jenny ... and all those who choose to respond to overwhelming challenges with such courage and determination. Blessed Be ... and so it is.
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"Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present. ~Babatunde Olatunji