Monday, February 14, 2011

It's Complicated

“It’s complicated.” A great phrase to describe most of our lives. But the complications we face in our jobs and relationships and daily interactions are, often, mostly of our own doing. We struggle against what is. We obsess over what has been. We worry about what may yet be. We become prisoners to the complications we invent.

The good news is that we don’t have to be there. We can open the door and walk out of the prison by simply accepting the reality of the present and choosing to deal with the life we’ve been given. Stop worrying about what is not yet real and may never be real. Worry about it when/if it becomes the present. Borrowing the worries of tomorrow and taking them on today gives us a double burden and, really, the worries we borrow may be unfounded anyway, even though they become quite burdensome if taken on in advance.

Let go of the offenses you’ve suffered in the past. Keeping them into the present does absolutely no good. Give up the angers and frustrations and disappointments of yesterday. Forget about the pain you suffered that you feel no more. Refuse to bring it all into the present. The past and the future can, indeed, complicate the present if we let them. Don’t.

Allow today to have full reign. Enjoy it. Be thankful in it. Live it. If you will, you will find that life is far less complicated and far more filled with good things than you ever imagined.

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